Plans for the redevelopment of Leeds Station into an integrated high-speed transport hub for the city and the Yorkshire region have been released today.
The report by the chair of HS2 Ltd, Sir David Higgins, has revealed his recommended option for how to remodel the station to accommodate future high-speed rail as well as boosting through rail services in a single integrated hub.
His recommendation to government would see the station redeveloped as a ‘Yorkshire Hub’ utilising a ‘T-shape’ design. This would see the existing east-west rail lines being combined with connecting new north-south lines to accommodate HS2 when it comes to the city, operating as a single station serving connecting cities and towns across the Leeds City Region and beyond.
This recommendation replaces the original proposal of a new station for HS2 at New Lane.
Leeds Station is the busiest rail station in the north of England, used by 27.8 million people a year which is similar to figures for King’s Cross in London. This figure is projected to rise by 114 per cent over the next 30 years, with passenger flows at Leeds Station anticipated to match those of Gatwick Airport.