Proposals released for £500m Leeds Station remodelling project


Leeds City Council's executive board is set to discuss a report that proposes a set of principles and initiatives to overhaul the railway station serving the city centre of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England.

The proposals in the report would require an investment of more than £500m and aim to develop Leeds Station into an integrated transport hub, improve regional connectivity and optimise the benefits of High Speed 2 (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail services for the city.

The report has been developed by the Leeds City Council in partnership with HS2, Network Rail, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Transport for the North, Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Leeds City Council councillor Judith Blake said: “Leeds Station has a vital role to play in the future of our city and the wider region, boosting connectivity and being a key driver of social and economic improvement and opportunity.

"We want it to be a distinctive, attractive place people want to be and visit, with a clear identity as a welcoming gateway to our city and beyond."

“Aside from being a fully integrated transport hub, we want it to be a distinctive, attractive place people want to be and visit, with a clear identity as a welcoming gateway to our city and beyond.”

The plan proposes the creation of a station campus district featuring commercial, residential and leisure developments and multiple entrance points.

A new central common concourse will be built within the station in order to connect HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and existing rail services, while the Neville Street and the Dark Arches area will be redeveloped as retail and leisure spaces.

The proposal also includes the construction of additional platforms, improvement of station lighting, the building of a new roof and refurbished parking facilities, as well as ensuring seamless access for all modes of transport to the station.