Leeds Station southern entrance bid submitted

Leeds Station - new entrance exterior 3.Providing passengers with access to the current western footbridge within the station from ground level either side of the River Aire, the proposed new entrance incorporates lifts, escalators and stairs. The proposals also include CCTV, help points, ticket machines and passenger information screens.

If the Major Scheme Business Case is approved, the new £15.2m entrance, which will improve access to the station from the south, could be open in 2012.

"I said when we started the public consultations that Leeds Station is at the heart of the city and the city region," said Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes, "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."

The Business Case submission follows on from the public consultation held at the station in August, in which over 96% of respondents supported the scheme. Planning approval from Leeds City Council was sought in October, with a decision expected early in 2010. The scheme also has the support of Network Rail, which owns the station, and major local train operator, Northern, which manages the station on Network Rail's behalf.

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.

"This is the important first stage in a range of exciting plans for the station which will continue to improve facilities and services for passengers."

It is expected that 20% of the 100,000 passengers using the station every day would use the new entrance, cutting journey times for passengers south of the River Aire and relieving pressure on the existing northern entrance.

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