Leeds is increasing its rail service with a range of new and expanded station facilities and trains. This follows on from the success of two new stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge. In 2016/17, close to 100,000 journeys were made from Kirkstall Forge train station, and over 350,000 from Apperley Bridge station.
Recent consultations - proposed stations
Feedback on plans for White Rose and Thorpe Park stations has now ended. Thank you to everyone who took time to provide their thoughts on the new station proposals. Public comments are currently being consolidated and analysed.
The next phase of public engagement sessions will surround initial proposals for Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway. This will happen in late 2018/early 2019. Check this page for updates or
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Improving current stations and facilities
By 2023 all rail stations will become accessible, including upgrades planned at Cross Gates, Morley and Horsforth.
Additional improvementsare planned for completion by 2020. These will be provided by a West Yorkshire-wide “Stations Improvement Fund” of £38m. These will included improved accessibility, seating, information, lighting, security and additional ticket machines. The following Leeds stations are included in the programme:
- Phase 1: Bramley and Micklefield
- Phase 2: Burley Park, Cottingley, Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Guiseley, Headingley, Horsforth, Morley, and Woodlesford
Leeds Station is one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure in the country, and one of the busiest train stations. With proposals for HS2, HS3 and rail growth, a masterplan is helping to guide this future development representing £500 million including a new Station Campus, multiple entrances and a Common Concourse. To ensure a seamless interchange between HS2 and the current station, Neville Street will be pedestrianised and Dark Arches transformed.
High Speed 2 (HS2)
HS2 is a new north to south rail line that will connect eight major UK cities. It is one of the largest public infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK and will have long-lasting implications for how people will travel.
Phase 1 will be operational by 2026, and see a new high speed line constructed from Euston to north of Birmingham. Phase 2 will be completed by 2033 and consists of:Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe, Phase 2b comprising an eastern leg from the West Midlands to Leeds and a western leg from Crewe to Manchester.
Passenger numbers using Leeds Station are forecast to more than double over the next thirty years; reaching a level similar to those at Gatwick Airport. HS2 will provide a station that will combine with the existing station to create a facility that can accommodate over 60 million passengers a year.
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited is the company responsible for developing and promoting the UK’s new high speed rail network. It is funded by grant-in-aid from the government.
HS2 Consultation Excercise
HS2 Ltd conducted a consultation exercise into property and the line of route north of Birmingham. The consultation ended on 9 March 2016. Leeds City Council responded to both consultations, which are available to view:
Working Draft Environmental Statement
HS2 issued its Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES) on 18 October 2018 in order to better understand and incorporate perspectives from local authorities, affected individuals and organisations on the environmental impacts both during construction and once the railway is actively used. HS2 published the WDES which is a non-statutory document in advance of the Environmental Statement. This is anticipated in 2020, and which is a legal pre-requisite for the Phase 2 HS2 Hybrid Bill (Birmingham to Leeds; and Birmingham to Crewe and Manchester), which will later be considered in Parliament.
Our response examines HS2’s initial analysis of the environmental impacts. We are also commenting on the smaller Working Draft Equalities Impact Assessment document which considers groups protected by the Equality Act (2010).