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08.06.11

Leeds station plans go on show

Network Rail has unveiled its new ‘masterplan’ for Leeds station.

The plans feature the new £15m southern entrance and concourse, for which DfT funding was secured earlier this year, as well as improvements to the New Station Street entrance and 350 extra car parking spaces.

The whole scheme combines eight separate projects that together will ease congestion, provide better facilities and improve the overall environment of the gateway to Leeds.

Chairman of Metro, the region’s passenger transport executive, Councillor Chris Greaves, said: “At the Leeds station southern entrance consultation sessions we held with Network Rail, people told us how impressed they were with the striking new entrance design, and that the time saved by being able to reach businesses south of the city centre will be a big advantage to them. And it will encourage business, residential and leisure growth south of the river, which is a benefit to Leeds and the wider city region.

“The new entrance, which we estimate will handle around 20% of the current station footfall, is designed to tie-in with the existing western footbridge, avoiding the cost of redeveloping the narrower, eastern footbridge.”

The new entrance should open in mid-2014.

Richard Lungmuss, route director for Network Rail, added: “Leeds station is the gateway to the city for visitors and businesses alike. Thousands of passengers already pass through each day.

“With passenger numbers in Leeds predicted to surge by 63% by 2029, these investments and upgrades are essential to make sure we provide the best possible station and are able to cope with future demand for rail services.”

Metro also wants the creation of three new stations, at Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge and Low Moor.

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