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Long-awaited Leeds Station scheme gets go ahead

Bauman Lyons’ plans for a new £17million entrance to Leeds Station have been approved

Today (31 October), more than four years after the Leeds-based practice first unveiled its proposals local transport minister Baroness Susan Kramer finally rubber-stamped the scheme.

Drawn up with Aecom, the proposed structure over the River Aire includes lifts, escalators and stairs allowing passengers access from the current western footbridge within the station to ground level either side of the river.

The Department for Transport will provide £12.4million towards the £17.3million project which is being led by Metro and Network Rail. The latest figures reresent a £2.3million hike compared to the 2009 estimate.

The main works are scheduled to be completed by March 2015.

Previous story: (AJ 17.08.09)

Arriving soon: New Leeds railway station entrance

[VIDEO] Plans to build a new £15 million entrance at Leeds City Railway Station have been unveiled.

Public transport authority Metro and Network Rail are developing the scheme - designed by AECOM with local practice Bauman Lyons - which will allow passengers to access the station via Granary Wharf.

Public exhibitions of the plans are on display at the station to get the opinions of travellers, residents and businesses.

The entrance will allow people to get in and out of the station from both sides of the River Aire and provide direct access to the new Granary Wharf development which is being designed by Allies and Morrison, CZWG and Carey Jones.

Route director for Network Rail, Richard Lungmuss, said: ‘This new entrance will not only improve access for those coming into the station from the south but will also help us manage future demand.’

It has been carefully thought out using a curved design to minimise its size, while remaining ‘modern, accessible and attractive’.

A planning application is set to be submitted in September and if approved, the new entrance is likely to open in 2012.

It will be 90 per cent funded by the Department for Transport, with the remainder provided locally.

Postscript 14.12.09

Public transport authority Metro has put in a bid worth £13.7 million for the construction of a new entrance to Leeds City Station.

The southern entrance from Granary Wharf has been proposed by Metro in an attempt to speed up commuter times at the railway station.

The plans have been submitted to the Department for Transport for consideration, with 90% of the budget likely to be granted if they are successful.

Metro chairman Councillor Ryk Downes explained: “I said when we started the public consultations that Leeds Station is at the heart of the city and the city region and feedback from people who use the station - and who live or work in the area - has been almost wholly in favour.

“Together with proposed new stations at Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge and Low Moor, for which we submitted a funding bid last month, this is a significant investment in local rail travel and the local economy by Metro and Network Rail.”

At a public consultation held at the station in August, 96% of respondents supported the scheme.

Planning approval from Leeds City Council was sought in October, with a decision expected early in 2010. If approved it is hoped the entrance will be open by 2012.

Richard Lungmuss, route director for Network Rail, said: ‘More than 100,000 people come through Leeds station on a normal weekday and the number of passengers is steadily increasing.

‘This new entrance will not only improve access for those coming into the station from the south but will also help us to manage future demand.’

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