The National Railway Museum is set for its biggest upgrade since it opened in 1975.
Plans to completely overhaul the Leeman Road site have been unveiled.
The museum has drawn up a £50 million, seven-year masterplan, designed to increase visitor numbers from 750,000 today to 1.2 million.
It will see the two halves of the museum – now divided by Leeman Road – unified by a brand new building. This will be built where Leeman Road is now, after the road is diverted away from the site.
And the original Stephenson’s Rocket – now housed at sister attraction the Science Museum in London – would be brought to York when the upgrade is complete.
“Our ambitious redevelopment plans will radically re-imagine the visitor experience to demonstrate how railways changed our world and how modern science and engineering are transforming our railways,” said Tom Devine of the National Railway Museum.
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