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Metro has welcomed the news that Network Rail is
backing its idea for a Southern Entrance to Leeds City Station.
Metro drew up the original proposal, with a ticket office,
barriers and a lift and then remodelled it slightly to fit in with
the plans to redevelop the Granary Wharf area.
"With all the development taking place in the Holbeck area,
along the waterfront and at Bridgewater Place, Metro recognised the
need for a new entrance to the station and included it in its
five-year Local Transport Plan, published in March 2006," said
Metro's Director General Kieran Preston.
"We welcomed the news therefore last month when Network Rail
announced last month that it had earmarked £600,000 for the
scheme and look forward to working closely now with Network Rail to
take the detailed funding bids forward to the Department for
Transport so that they can be realised," he added.
Mr Preston also welcomed news that Network Rail has committed
£1.4m for detailed design work on its proposals to redevelop
Wakefield Westgate station, which includes two new platforms and
the lengthening of the existing one, a new footbridge and a range
of other improvements.
"Redeveloping Wakefield Westgate will provide additional
capacity for more local trains to stop without interfering with
main line services and provide vitality to projects in the area of
the station," he said.