Unveiled: Huge aspirational plans for Leeds station

New South entrance, Leeds City Station. Leeds City Centre Construction.  12 October 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
New South entrance, Leeds City Station. Leeds City Centre Construction. 12 October 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Aspirational plans for a radical redevelopment of Leeds city station have been revealed by Network Rail.

The £100m tentative ‘Phase Three’ development would build on existing plans, Phase One and Phase Two, which are slowly changing the face of the station.

The redevelopment could see a three storey entrance created with a mezzanine floor and a three storey opaque roof, providing “a significant structure for the city”.

Plans would fit into the existing phases, which are aiming to declutter the concourse and the entrances to Princes Square and New Station Street. Stephen Hind, route enhancement manager for Network Rail, unveiled the aspirational plans to business leaders at the Leeds Business Improvement District’s (BID) AGM.

At the moment the masterplan is unfunded but the development could cost £100m, and if the scheme is given the greenlight it could take two to three years of development and another four to five years of construction work before it is ready.

But Mr Hind told business leaders in attendance that it was worth it. He said: “It is worth it and if we all believe it’s worth it then it’s something we should campaign for and try and drive forward.”

David Hoggarth, director of development at West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said it would “probably cost broadly £100m for the whole Phase Three scheme. We think something like £40m of that can come locally, probably about half of that through the transport funded growth deal that we’ve set up. The rest of that through Network Rail and retail funding.

“So the ask of central government, because this is a piece of national infrastructure, would be in the order of £50m or so, which compared to the £500m or so spent at King’s Cross or the tens of millions that was spent at Manchester Victoria recently is not an unreasonable thing to ask for.

“We need your help to emphasise that case and show that we have got ambition and vision.”