We’re making improvements to Leeds Station which will make it brighter, more accessible and allow more trains to use the station. 

Improvements to Leeds station include capacity enhancements – a new platform, track and upgraded signalling to improve services – the installation of a new roof in the main concourse and transformation of the area outside the main entrance (New Station Street).

Artist impression of Leeds station development
Artist impression of new roof at Leeds station

Platform Zero

Platform Zero will provide more space for trains and aims to reduce the spread of knock-on delays, resulting in more trains running on time.

A redesigned, simpler track layout at platforms 1-6 and improvements to the signalling across the entire station are also taking place, with the changes due to come into use when work completes in 2021.

Leeds station

Upcoming Work

There will be some planned changes to walking routes in the area near platform 1 while the new platform is built and some alterations to train times, which will all be communicated clearly and in advance. We will also keep in regular contact with our railway neighbours over the coming months as we do what we can to keep noise and disturbance to a minimum.

Platform Zero will be built adjacent to Platform one, utilising a small area of the Riverside Car Park. Work to build the new platform is complex, meaning we'll need to make changes to track, signalling, and overhead powerlines.

Some aspects of the work require foundation piling – the process of pushing or vibrating metalwork into the ground. This method of construction can be extremely noise and may be disruptive to the community.

The track of the western approach to the Station will also be completely redesigned, not only to prepare for the additional line to the new platform but to allow the track to be laid out in a simpler and more logical layout. As part of the track is being redesigned, new gantries and stanchions – the metalwork that supports the signals and overhead powerlines – will also be built over the railway.

Keeping our neighbours informed about when work is likely to disrupt them is really important to us.

Although some work will be done during daytime hours, below is the upcoming piling work taking place at Leeds station:

  • 23:00 on Saturday 7 September to 09:00 Sunday 8 September
  • 23:00 on Saturday 14 September to 09:00 Sunday 15 September

You can read the latest letter sent to our neighbours and also the most recent information we have sent to the community here.

Foundation Work

Our teams will be undertaking specialist foundation work from 14 September until 25 October. This work will be focussed on the south side of the station, over the canal bridge. Although we are not expecting this work to be very noisy, depending on ground conditions, some shifts may generate more noise than others.

There will be some planned changes to walking routes in the area near platform 1 while the new platform is built and some alterations to train times, which will all be communicated clearly and in advance.

Please check this page for regular updates of the work taking place at Leeds station.

New concourse roof

The installation of the new roof will improve the look and feel of Leeds station. The development is a partnership between Network Rail and the East Coast Main Line Railway Board.

A new transparent roof will be installed to improve passenger experience at one of the country's busiest stations – and it'll be ready in time for the UCI Road World Championships autumn 2019.

The structure will replace the dark and tired wooden roof that currently sits above the main southern concourse which connects with New Station Street.

The light-weight design is the first step towards the delivery of the transformational Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan (LISM) – a collaboration between the rail industry, Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The project will also see the current gateline removed and replaced, with the new machines installed in a straighter alignment which will significantly improve passenger flow though the station and reduce congestion during peak times.

Construction began in November 2018 with the installation of scaffolding which will support a deck below the existing roof. Changes to walking routes through the station are clearly signposted and staff are on hand to assist with any enquiries.

New Station Street

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in partnership with Leeds City Council and Network Rail are transforming the area outside the main entrance to create a more attractive space.

Leeds station New Station Street plan
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Plans include:

  • Pedestrianise part of the area immediately outside the main station entrance and widen the pavement from there down to The Queens Hotel.
  • Moving the bus shelters to line up with the new kerb line and space them out so there’s more room to wait for a bus.
  • Creating a new pedestrian crossing between the main entrance and City Square to make it easier to get across New Station Street from the city centre.

Building started in February 2019, with completion taking place in Autumn 2019. Buses are no longer able to access New Station Street.

To find out more information visit the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Contact us

If you’re interested in finding out more about Leeds station improvements please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.