Track re­mod­elling and a new plat­form as part of Leeds up­grade

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Pas­sen­gers at Leeds will see a new plat­form built in 2021 to ease con­ges­tion at the sta­tion that was last com­pletely re­mod­elled two decades ago in Rail­track’s Leeds 1st project ( RAIL 361, 365).

As part of a £161 mil­lion up­grade, the new 204-me­tre Plat­form 0 will be built on land cur­rently used for long-stay car park­ing, al­though work will be­gin this month when the num­ber of long-stay park­ing spa­ces is re­duced. This will be car­ried out in phases un­til May.

There will also be track re­mod­elling for Plat­forms 1-6 (see di­a­gram), while sig­nalling will be up­graded across the en­tire sta­tion. Net­work Rail plans to shorten Plat­form 1 from 305m to 274m and keep Plat­forms 2-6 at their cur­rent length.

West York­shire Com­bined Au­thor­ity is fund­ing the par­tial pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of New Sta­tion Street, which is de­signed to ease con­ges­tion and im­prove the flow at the en­trance of the sta­tion. This will start from next au­tumn.

The sta­tion’s wooden ceil­ing pan­els in the south con­course will also be re­placed by a trans­par­ent plas­tic roof. The ex­ist­ing roof will start to be re­moved from Christ­mas.

The £161m project will be car­ried out in three phases. The first will be trans­fer of sig­nalling con­trol from York IECC to York Rail Op­er­at­ing Cen­tre this Christ­mas, fol­lowed by the sig­nalling up­grade around Leeds. The third phase is the con­struc­tion of Plat­form 0 and the re­mod­elling of the track lay­out for Plat­forms 1-6.

Net­work Rail Route Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Rob McIn­tosh said: “To­gether, this trio of projects is the big­gest in­vest­ment in the sta­tion since Leeds 1st in the early 2000s. I am de­lighted that they will start de­liv­er­ing ben­e­fits for pas­sen­gers and the city as early as next au­tumn.”

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