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Transforming Leeds City Rail Station: next stage of works begins

The next stage in the transformation of Leeds City Rail Station’s main entrance and surrounding area has begun.

Major improvement works began in March following advanced works and preparations which began last May.

Since securing planning permission for the scheme, Leeds City Council and Network Rail have been working together to combine the Leeds Station Sustainable Travel Gateway scheme with a separate project which will see Network Rail reinforce the underground structure below New Station Street. This supports much of the station above it.

Delivering the two schemes in tandem will mean less disruption in the long-term and also reduces the need to revisit the Sustainable Travel Gateway scheme at a later date if further works are required as part of Network Rail's scheme.

What's next

In May, as part of Network Rail's scheme the taxi rank currently on New Station Street will be moving to Princes Square. Network Rail are currently liaising with private hire and hackney carriage services with details of the arrangements.

May will also see the northern section of New Station Street from the station's main entrance towards City Square closed to pedestrians and vehicles (except service vehicles and emergency services) to allow paving works to be carried out. This will mean pedestrians will only be able to access Boar Lane from the station's main entrance by turning right, or by using the station's northern entrance.

The full programme of improvements including the Sustainable Travel Gateway scheme and the Network Rail works is due to be completed by September 2025. Updates will be published at https://leedscitystation.commonplace.is/

Posted on 16th March 2023

by Chris Oates