Leeds Station Gateway Yorkshire Hub

Leeds Railway Station is the busiest station in the North and the second busiest outside of London. About 31 million passengers use the station a year which is comparable to London Kings Cross.

We are working with partners to bring forward a masterplan which integrates station improvements alongside the proposed HS2 station and wider regeneration of the Southbank area of the City.

Delivery of the Masterplan will:

  • Create a world class gateway for the City Region that is at the heart of the UK’s rail network. • Seamlessly integrate High Speed Two (HS2), the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) programme and enhancements to the classic rail services which use the Station. • Accommodate the planned doubling of growth in passenger numbers using the Station over the next 30 years. • Enable a step change in rail connectivity and capacity in the North of England – better connecting people and businesses to jobs and markets. • Deliver a new internationally significant district in Leeds City Centre - with the potential for 300,000 square metres of commercial development. • Be a catalyst for accelerating the regeneration of South Bank Leeds, one of Europe’s largest City Centre regeneration initiatives, that will double the size of the City Centre economy. The vision establishes a blueprint spatial plan that develops Option 2 of Sir David Higgins’ November 2015 Yorkshire Hub report into a holistic and phased development strategy for the new Integrated Station and surrounding roads, places and spaces. The Masterplan will deliver: • A World Class Hub in every aspect, from quality of architecture and urban design to intermodal connectivity, clarity and delivery; • A Distinctive Gateway that celebrates travel, proudly announces arrival into Leeds and speaks of the unique characteristics of the City; • A Destination Station as an attractive place to visit in Leeds City Centre, where South Bank meets City Square; and • A Connected Place that seamlessly integrates national, regional, and local transport modes and optimises every form

Project Lead

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

District/ Area


Business case summary

Link here


Total scheme cost- £6.4 million

LPTIP- £5.4 million 

Project Status

Activity 3: Outline Business Case

Start and end dates


Delivery partners

Network Rail, Leeds City Council, London & Continental Railways, HS2 partnership.

Other funders

To be confirmed 

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This page was last updated in Q4 2019/2020