New images have been released of how the remodelled Leeds Station could look have been revealed in a new report, the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan.
This plan provides the blueprint for the station’s ambitious transformation into a gateway hub of international significance integrating national, regional and local transport services with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The computer-generated images show both internal and external indicative images of what the station, which is already the busiest transport hub in the north of England, could look like based on the set of principles for the
These include new entrances, a new central common concourse, new platforms, new public space, a new roof, a new footbridge, external landscaping and the creation of a surrounding station campus for commercial, residential and leisure developments.
The image above shows a new front entrance and adjoining landscaping work to create a world-class main gateway entrance to Leeds, the city which is currently experiencing the
The new-look station aims to provide a seamless interchange for people changing trains, with the increased capacity and high-speed rail services resulting in huge increases in passenger and user numbers for the station.
The city centre’s road network would be remodelled with adjoining streets and those under the station being pedestrianised, with the dark arches being transformed into new retail and leisure spaces.
The station masterplan sets out the potential for three million square feet of new commercial development around the station, with
The new images have been produced by construction firm Atkins, who
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: “These fantastic new images of what Leeds Station could look like show not only its exciting future as a distinct and welcoming gateway to the
“It must provide a step change not only for the future of transport and connectivity in our city and
“The arrival of high-speed rail is essential to helping Leeds and the wider region fully realise its massive potential, and we hope by seeing these images and reading the report everyone can see the level of ambition we have for this project – Leeds deserves the best and that is our committed aim.”
John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North, said: “Working closely with our partners in the development of Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan has provided us with a unique opportunity to ensure that Leeds City Region is well-connected
“It’s vital that the future Northern Powerhouse Rail programme, as well as future local rail services, are reflected in the plans for HS2 infrastructure investment.
“With this station
“Northern Powerhouse Rail will provide faster and more frequent connections between Leeds and other major hubs in the north, transforming connectivity.
“Creating a shared vision for the future of Leeds station ensures that Leeds and the wider city region will get the most out of this major infrastructure investment, creating a fitting gateway
Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, added: “We know that a world-class station has the potential to drive the transformation of the surrounding area, driving further investment and improving social opportunities for the community the station serves.
“The masterplan has a clear focus on the future and the arrival of HS2 but can be implemented in phases, bringing benefits to passengers and the city at each stage.
“We will be working closely with our partners, funders and stakeholders to secure the funding which will make this vision a reality.”