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Major revamp of Leeds station unveiled

Major revamp of Leeds station unveiled

Detailed plans for a massive revamp of Leeds railway station have been unveiled, with the £500 million construction project set to prepare the transport hub for the arrival of Northern Powerhouse rail and HS2.

Leeds City Council has published the plans ahead of a council meeting on the scheme, with the blueprint being drawn up in conjunction with HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Transport for the North, the Department for Transport and the Department of Communities and Local Government. 

The plan will see developments such as a new central concourse to link existing services with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse routes, a new overbridge and extra entrances.

In addition, the vicinity of the station will be transformed too, with the pedestrianisation of new Station Street, and a range of commercial, residential and leisure developments. It will also open up the adjacent City Square as a public open space and introduce new links to the South Bank developments taking place just across the River Aire in Holbeck.

The stated aim of the scheme is to make it into a 'destination station' that will be visited for a range of reasons beyond simply using the train.

Leeds station has undergone a series of developments already, with Bruntwood establishing a new concourse approach building and the construction of the southern entrance to the station, which has been devised as the first step in improving access from the new developments on the southern edge of the city centre. 
The development is not the only station project taking place in Leeds. Last December, the City Council revealed a £270 million plan to build three new stations by existing lines, using the remaining funds from its failed trolleybus scheme. 

Leeds-Bradford airport will get a parkway station under this scheme, while on the south side of the city there will be a new stop by the White Rose shopping centre. The third station will be adjacent to Thorpe Park, between the current Cross Gates and Garforth stations.

Source: DfT


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