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New Entrance for Leeds City Station

February 10, 2014 | Professionals  

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A £17.3m scheme to build a new entrance at Leeds City Station is now underway.

Transport secretary Patrick Mcloughlin visited the station to oversee the start of work on the site. He said, “I am delighted to have had the chance to see how this iconic new station entrance will rejuvenate Leeds station, and support the continued regeneration of the southern quarter of the city.

“Leeds has great importance within our rail network as a gateway to the north.”

At present, there is no direct way to reach the station from the south, which naturally inconveniences the souther quarter. The new entrance will provide fully-covered pedestrian access via an extention over the River Aire at Little Neville Street.

Coun James Lewis, chairman of Metro, said, “This new pedestrian entrance will be a great benefit to people living and working south of the river, open up new travel opportunities and provide a further stimulus to redevelopment and expansion of the city centre.”

But the entrance is only the beginning of the council’s plans, which largely depend on HS2 going ahead. They believe HS2 will “reshape the city”. A new station, to be developed on the south bank, is planned as part of what will be one of the biggest regeneration projects in Europe.

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