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Leeds plans three new railway stations

Leeds plans three new railway stations

Leeds is set to get three new railway stations under plans devised by the city council.

It has £174 million of cash from the Department of Transport to spend by 2020-21 and its plans for a trolleybus system have been abandoned, prompting councillors to focus on more railway stations.

Leeds-Bradford Airport will be one of the new destinations, with the new Parkway Station being built on the existing line between the city and Harrogate. It will help the airport in its ambition to double the number of passengers it handles, as well as a possible new link road. In the latter case, three alternative routes were examined by councillors last year.

The rail link will close a gap between Leeds-Bradford and other international airports around Britain. The two largest outside the London area, Manchester and Birmingham, are already linked by rail to their respective city centres and Manchester also has a tram connection. Both will also be served by HS2, which will not be the case with Leeds-Bradford as it lies on the wrong side of Leeds.

Further stations will be built on existing lines heading east and west out of the city. The first of these will serve the White Rose Shopping Centre in Beeston, to the south of the existing Cottingley station. The other will serve Thorpe Park, with the station being built between the existing Cross Gates and Garforth stations.

The cost of the new stations will be £270 million, with the extra cash coming from multiple sources, including the private sector and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Having abandoned the trolleybus system, the council said the idea of a mass transit system was still something it favoured, but it would need "significant additional investment and not be deliverable by 2021".

With a population of over 700,000 people, Leeds is officially the third largest city in Britain, but it has only 13 railway stations at present, as well as lacking any kind of underground or tram-based metro service.

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