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Leeds to get single hub station for HS2

Leeds station looks set to be transformed into a single integrated station for classic and HS2 services, rather than having two separate stations.

HS2 Ltd chair Sir David Higgins is publishing his ‘Yorkshire Hub’ report today, as requested by the government, which had asked him to look again at the original plans for a separate HS2 station at New Lane, south of the city centre core and a few minutes’ walk away from the existing station (pictured below). The government has said it is "minded to agree" with the idea of single hub station, but will take a final decision in autumn 2016. 

812 Leeds New Lane railway station location with markings  c. Michael Taylor, uploaded by

Higgins said a “consensus” has grown in favour of hub stations for HS2 in Leeds city centre as well as at Toton in the east Midlands. “We all recognise the huge contribution this infrastructure investment can make in helping to rebalance our economy,” he said.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, the former leader of Leeds city council who now chairs the West Yorkshire Combined Authority transport committee, was quoted by the Yorkshire Post as saying: “Integrating the HS2 station with our existing station will provide a seamless interchange between high speed and classic rail services – and importantly, will allow through trains to enhance services to the city region and beyond.

“This will connect the major cities of Bradford, York and Wakefield, and significant towns such as Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Harrogate and Selby, into the national high-speed network.”

Leeds City Council leader Cllr udith Blake said: “This is a major project that will transform the station into a landmark gateway to welcome visitors and business travellers in the city and region.”

The principle of HS2 serving an expanded and integrated station in Leeds is also backed by high-speed rail think tank Greengauge 21, whose founder Jim Steer writes in the current edition of RTM.

Leeds station is in the middle of a revamp, with a new southern entrance being built as part of a complex engineering project. The opening has been delayed from May 2015 to January 2016.

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The transport secretary has published a series of HS2 documents today, including a new command paper, an update to the strategic case, and the supporting documents for the phase 2a early link to Crewe. The papers are here.

Comments

Kevin   01/12/2015 at 13:38

HS2 is a government vanity project. Cameron and his business buddies need to realise that there are railway stations all around this country that are falling to bits due to lack of investment just so he can appease the city and continue to develop hubs that are already well developed.

Paul Dawkins   01/12/2015 at 14:08

I am staggered that the Supply Chain has been engaged (and is incurring costs) and that announcements are being made about when HS2 will arrive where and when and yet there are no enabling powers (Act of Parliament) yet. Is it a done deal? There is a multitude of different ways of investing £50bn in the nations transport infrastructure all with a better CBR.

Graham Nalty   01/12/2015 at 14:10

At last a sensible decision from HS2 Ltd on station location. Now let us have city centre stations at Sheffield, Stoke and classic compatible trains between Nottingham and Birmingham. Parkway stations in the middle of nowhere such as Crewe and Toton do not benefit the local economies.

RTM   01/12/2015 at 14:28

Government seems much less inclined to change its mind on Sheffield - it's re-committed itself to Meadowhall in the latest documents, though says it will continue to "explore" alternatives. Toton also seems a done deal, it's no longer even exploring alternatives there, partly because all the local authorities are now agree on that as a location.

Dcb   01/12/2015 at 16:03

Meadowhall is the best location for the South Yorkshire region as the majority of the population are nearer to it than Sheffield city centre. In addition the cost is significantly less, and plenty of room for car parks (nr M1) and retail, offices and light industrial units.

Lesf   01/12/2015 at 16:39

Parkway stations between two cities, fall between two stools. Tinkering with HS2 is lipstick on a pig. Start again with the principles that were lacking when HS2 was dreamed up.

Nonsuchmike   01/12/2015 at 17:19

When one studies the route for HS2 from London to north of Wigan and also to Leeds, one is struck by the fact that maybe it was detailed by somebody from TOWIE after a celebratory night out or from Timbuctu; strange routes directly through some places and others studiously by-passed. North of Birmingham I prefer the route from Water Orton or nearby up to Derby, with an option to slide off to Nottn'm, thereafter embracing Sheffield (central area) as well as coming in from the west to Leeds New Street, which gives added weight to improving connections to Huddersfield, Bradford via chords as well as a basis for extending up towards Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Hull and Edinburgh in due course. The present arrangement shows no lateral or joined up thinking at all for the so called Northern Hub. And since when did business life begin or end @ Manchester Piccadilly? By concentrating on Crewe (even I could plan a decent new integrated station hub there with all the land and space they have available), we are emasculating such areas as the Potteries and Merseyside. Is it down to preserving favourable votes at the next election? If it was, then we would surely have heard of a superior way to London, by tunneling directly under the existing line which goes NW/SE in a straight line. Then it could terminate under Euston with a link line from OOC under the Kentish Town line to Stratford International and there join up with HS1. Sensible? yes. Costly? maybe, but aren't the current plans also? Disruptive? far less so. Joined up thinking? definitely.

Rupert Le Bere   01/12/2015 at 22:07

Paul Dawkins is right. There are a multitude of ways of spending £50bn. Great Western electrification is one, the way things are (or are not) going.

Gb   02/12/2015 at 00:44

I agree with Paul Dawkins. It would be far better to invest money in a targetted way to improve the connectivity, capacity and quality of our existing railway system than rip up huge swathes of land and causing distress to thousands of people for years in order to save 30 mins to travel to Birmingham and perhaps beyond. The Govt. should be looking at re-opening several of the lines closed in the 1960s to re-establish this connectivity for the benefit of all, not just the few travelling between termini - which is selfish in the extreme. In any case, advances in technology should reduce the need for business travel even if - and its a big if - there are any new big businesses just waiting to use the line. I haven't heard of any yet! I'm sure many of us could all list a host of desireable re-openings to reverse the contraction of our 'classic' system - including North - South main lines and I guess at a fraction of the cost of HS2. The savings could be used to enhance the NHS, the Police, welfare and other more worthy causes.

BC   05/12/2015 at 10:19

If city centres are not served what is the point? Added transfer times will make a journey time equal to existing times, so where is any benefit.

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