Work is complete on a £ 161million upgrade to Leeds station.
Between December 25, 2021 and January 3, 2022, more than 200 railway agents redesigned the track layout between platforms 4 and 6.
The new layout is designed to improve the way trains enter and exit the station, helping to reduce delays.
Other upgrades included installing more than 1,500 meters of new electrical wires – used to power some trains – and renewing more than 200 meters of track to improve reliability. Platform 7 has also been extended, allowing longer trains to serve the platform.
Matt Rice, Director of North and East Routes for Network Rail, said: “These important improvements in Leeds allow us to run more trains per hour throughout the north. We had to put in place bus replacement services over the holiday period and Covid has affected some services as well, so thank you to all the passengers who chose to travel.
“The progress we’ve made means better journeys for everyone who uses the train in 2022 and beyond.”
During a visit to the station yesterday (January 4, 2022), Railways Minister Wendy Morton said the upgrades were “an important step in making these journeys even easier, giving passengers more seats, more services. and more one-off trips “.
“Leeds Station is a major hub in the heart of the North, not only a gateway to one of the UK’s most vibrant and bustling cities, but a vital transport link enabling people from all over the country to travel for business, pleasure and to connect with friends and family. “
The government’s recently announced integrated rail plan includes full electrification from Leeds to York and the Calder Valley line between Bradford and Leeds, as well as support for the West Yorkshire public transport system.
However, the plans have been criticized because of cuts to the proposed investment in Northern Powerhouse Rail and the scrapping of the eastern part of HS2.