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Metro Leeds City Council and Network Rail are
working in partnership on a master plan that will determine the
future of rail transport across Leeds, West Yorkshire and the City
Working with local business leaders the three organisations are
pooling their resources through a Joint Programme Board that will
take forward plans to secure the best possible infrastructure,
train services and facilities for the city's train users.
This will include setting a fresh vision for Leeds Station,
which is the UK's third busiest outside London, used by over
100,000 people every day.
As well as ensuring the delivery of Metro's scheme for a new
southern entrance for the station, which received Department for
Transport approval in 2011, the Board will ensure that Leeds
remains fundamental in Network Rail's future plans for the rail
The joint-working approach comes in the light of the
Government's recent confirmation of plans for a high-speed rail
link between London and Birmingham and its extension to Leeds and
Manchester. The Board will also work on how to best capitalise on
the recently-confirmed electrification of the trans-Pennine rail
route between Leeds, Manchester, Yorks, Liverpool and the north
east. Leeds City Council Chief Executive Tom Riordan will chair the
Partnership Board member and Metro Director General Kieran
Preston said, "Firmly focused on improving the travel experience
for rail passengers in Leeds, the new board complements the work we
are doing to improve rail services for the Leeds City Region and
across the North of England."
Speaking to TheBusinessDesk.com Tom Riordan said, "We
are continuing with the investment in the southern entrance to the
station but we need to look at the whole master plan for the
station and that area to make sure it is delivering that compelling
entrance to Leeds."
"By joining forces with Network Rail and Metro we are in a
stronger position to both understand how Leeds can capitalise on
its rail links and to lobby more powerfully for the best rail deal
we can for the city region," said Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City
Council's Executive Member for Development.
Network Rail's Route Managing Director Phil Verster said, "Plans
such as the northern hub demonstrate that Network Rail is committed
to driving economic growth through improving the railways across
the north. Working with partners in Leeds we will seek to make sure
we deliver the best possible service for rail passengers in the
city and the wider region."
More on the Leeds Station Southern entrance