The highly anticipated brand-new platform 0 at Leeds station has been revealed today by Network Rail. Images of the new platform have been released following its completion over the festive period.
The new platform will allow for major improvements to passenger journeys by providing more trains, more seats and fewer delays due to an improved track layout, allowing trains to enter and exit the station more easily.
The £161 million work began back in 2018 and the final stages were carried out by Network Rail workers between the last service on Christmas Eve and early morning on Sunday, 27th of December.
Throughout the 2.5 days, work was carried out on the overhead lines, track and signalling systems, as well as rigorous testing to make sure the platform was ready for train services.
To begin with, the platform will be available for trains to use during times of disruption, helping to minimise delays for passengers, and will see timetabled services call there next year.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “Over the last two years, we have invested heavily into Leeds railway station to create a transport hub which the city can be proud of and which offers a warm welcome to visitors.
“The completion of the platform is a huge part of this work and will make journeys more punctual and reliable for all those travelling to, from or through Leeds. The platform will help to make things easier during times of disruption, meaning fewer delays for passengers and getting them on the move again more quickly.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "The completion of Platform 0 is an important milestone in improving Leeds railway station as a key transport hub. It will enhance the region’s infrastructure and is a boost for the north.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of Network Rail engineers who worked tirelessly over the festive period to complete this platform, which will improve punctuality and reliability for passengers for years to come.”
Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern said: “The creation of Platform 0 is vital for our plans to increase capacity and provide improved services for our customers. Our aim is to make a positive impact for the north of England and the improvements carried out at Leeds will help us achieve this. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the project, including Network Rail who carried out the work.”
Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Completing Platform 0 is extremely positive news for Leeds and the wider region because it is a step towards securing the improved regional and national connectivity, we so desperately need to better connect our towns and cities, and boost our economic recovery.
“The increased capacity on the rail network that Platform 0 provides means more people will travel through our city station. This demonstrates the importance of our partnership work under the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan to improve the station experience for the benefit of current and future rail users.”
Images: Network Rail