Transport minister Andrew Jones has officially opened the £20M southern entrance to Leeds station.
Jones branded the Carillion-led project “an example of the Northern Powerhouse in action”.
About 20,000 people a day are expected to use the new entrance, which cuts the need for passengers to loop round the station from the Yorkshire city’s south bank.
The entrance includes a new concourse, escalators, stairs, lifts and cycle storage.
Jones said: “The stunning entrance will make journeys quicker and more convenient for thousands of passengers every day. This is a further example of the Northern Powerhouse in action, improving lives for people and businesses in Leeds.
“We’re determined to provide Leeds and Yorkshire with a transport network to support its ambitions, with new rail franchises, new rail stations and major road upgrades to drive the region’s growth.”
West Yorkshire Combined Authority chairman Peter Box added: “A significant proportion of the city region’s 1.4M workforce use Leeds Station with a growing number of them wanting to head south when they arrive.
“The distinctive new southern entrance will save one in five of them up to 50 minutes on their weekly commute and will help to encourage development in an area which as well as being home to ASDA’s UK headquarters is also the location of Eversheds, Ernst & Young and DWF’s regional headquarters.”