Leeds railway station is growing. A new Platform Zero is being created that will mean more trains, more seats and fewer delays. 

Notice of major engineering works on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November


  • Platforms 1 to 5 will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday with the wider station (all platforms) fully closed between 23:40 on Saturday 31 October until 11:40 on Sunday 1 November.
  • The closures to the station will affect all train services, with bus replacement services running instead that will pick up at New Station Street and drop off on Sovereign Street.
  • Buses will be in operation on the following routes in/out of Leeds station: Guiseley, Bradford Interchange, Doncaster, Sheffield, Horsforth, Pontefract Monkhill, Knottingley, Wakefield and Huddersfield. Buses will pick up at each station along the affected routes.
  • Passengers planning on travelling during the weekend works are strongly advised to check their journeys via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator and allow plenty of time.

Over 31 million people use Leeds station every year, making it the North’s busiest railway station. The new platform will help reduce train congestion and meet the city’s growing demand for rail travel now and in the future.

Platform Zero is being built adjacent to a new platform 1. Work to build the new platforms is complex, meaning we are making major changes to track layout, signalling, gantries and overhead powerlines.

It signifies the first new platform constructed at the station in nearly 20 years and is scheduled to enter into operational service by the end of this year (2020).

This major £161m two-year project has been accompanied by the modernisation of the station entrance which now has a new transparent roof and stunning glazed façade entrance-way; a redesigned and expanded ticket barrier to improve passenger flow; and refurbished free-to-use toilet facilities.

The following short video outlines the work we are doing at the station and the improvements it will bring:

Potential Disruption

Due to the nature of the work there is likely to be a degree of noise and disruption to those living nearest the station, which we are committed to keep to a minimum. Much of this work has to be done overnight due to its close proximity to the railway lines, which prohibits us (for safety reasons) from doing it during the day when trains are running. As the project nears completion, we will continue to keep in regular contact with our railway neighbours.

Keeping our neighbours informed about when work is likely to disrupt them is really important to us. We will let you know in advance about any disruptive work that is planned and what we are going to mitigate it.

Our most recent letter is available to read here.

Our most recent community newsletter is available to read here.

What work are we currently doing?

As we enter into the final stages of construction, we have further work planned until the end of this year. Carefully planned overnight working will continue and is essential to ensure we complete the project on time. We appreciate this is not ideal, but it is unfortunately unavoidable as we are often prohibited from carrying out certain activities during the day (for safety reasons) when trains are running. However, we are committed to limiting noise and light disruption where at all possible.

  • On Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November we will be working on the overhead line equipment and updating the signalling on platform 1.
  • On Monday 2 November the newly rebuilt platform 1 will be brought back into use and the temporary platform will be decommissioned.
  • From Friday 27 December to Sunday 29 December we will be finalising work on Platform Zero for it to be brought into passenger use. We traditionally work over the Christmas period as this is when the railway is at it’s quietest and the least passenger disruption is caused.
  • During the major engineering works taking place on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November there will be several bus replacement services running whilst trains are stopped. Further information can be found at the top of this page.
  • The temporary platform 1 will be taken out of use as the main platform 1 re-opens on Monday 2 November.


Improvements to the main station concourse

In November 2018 we began a major project to modernise the main southern concourse, with a new roof and stunning, glazed façade entrance the key elements of this exciting project.

This work is now completed and has transformed Leeds railway station into a world-class transport hub at the heart of the city, with more floor space created in the main concourse area.

The new, transparent roof has replaced the dark and dated wooden roof and now allows much more natural light to enter the main concourse, creating a more pleasant, inviting environment.

The new glass façade, now befitting of the city, enhances the first impressions of the station for the tens of thousands of people that use it every day.

To see how the new entrance was built watch this video.

There is a re-aligned ticket barrier with more barriers installed at the main entrance which has significantly improved passenger flow.

We have installed new, free-to-use toilets in the main entrance and there is ongoing refurbishment of the toilet facilities on the platforms.

We also have longer-term plans to install new flooring on the main southern concourse.

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.