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Leeds rail station upgrade to include transparent roof

Plans announced for new transparent roof at leeds railway station

New upgrade plans announced for Leeds railway station include installing a transparent roof. 

The existing timber roof at Leeds Railway Station is set to be removed and replaced with a modern replacement to “improve the look and feel of the station”.  

The new ethylene tetrafluoroethylene – ETFE – transparent roof on the station’s southern concourse is just the latest in a series of upgrades to the station, and the wider Leeds transport network as part of the transformational Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan (LISM) - a collaboration between the rail industry, Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

In June, plans were announced for two new stations. One at Thorpe Park, east of the city centre, on the Leeds to York/Selby line around 2km from the existing Cross Gates station and a second station at White Rose, a shopping centre and office park on the outskirts of the city, on the main Leeds to Dewsbury Transpennine route. 

Rob McIntosh, Sir Gary Verity DL and Sir Peter Hendy CBE with the artist impression of the new south concourse roof

Rob McIntosh, Sir Gary Verity DL and Sir Peter Hendy CBE with the artist impression of the new south concourse roof

Source: Network Rail

Rob McIntosh, Sir Gary Verity DL and Sir Peter Hendy CBE with the artist impression of the new south concourse roof

Upgrades in the city are not limited to rail either, with a £90M contract given to BAM Nuttall in September to upgrade bus routes in the city centre.  

East Coast Main Line Railway Board chair and chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity DL said that Leeds was a gateway into the county.

He said: “Leeds Station is a main gateway into Yorkshire so it’s crucial people coming to visit the county are given a great first impression of the city of Leeds - now one of Europe’s most dynamic and vibrant cities. It was also important to the Board that passengers who use Leeds Station everyday have a station they can be proud of.” 

Construction of the new roof will begin in the coming weeks with scaffolding in the concourse to support a crash deck below the existing roof.  

The renovation is expected to be completed in time for the UCI Road World Championships - the Elite Men’s race starting at Millennium Square in Leeds in September.

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