Images of the proposed development of Leeds City Station have been released, showing a substantial investment.
The proposed £500m project will see the station transformed into a modern and stylish transport gateway, a development which has been welcomed by many, who think the station will reflect Leeds status as an economic powerhouse.
These computer-generated images illustrate the changes which will take place, as well as a sketch by world-renowned Hiro Aso – who is the lead architect on the project.
As part of the work on the project, development experts Atkins released the CGI images, which depict the vision that Leeds City Council, Network Rail, Transport for the North and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have for the station.
The civic chiefs envision the station as a “hub of international significance” which will integrate HS2 and transpennine Northern Powerhouse Rail high-speed trains as well as local, regional and national services.
Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “These fantastic new images of what Leeds Station could look like show not only its exciting future as a distinct and welcoming gateway to the city, but how important it is to get this right by putting people and the visitor experience at the heart of all the plans.
“It must provide a step-change not only for the future of transport and connectivity in our city and region, but also as a key economic driver for our future economy providing opportunities for all to benefit through a clear people-first approach.”
Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2 ltd said: “It’s fantastic to see how much progress has been made since we first announced our plans to bring HS2 to Leeds. “Working together with HS2 Ltd, the Leeds city region, Network Rail and Transport for the North, Leeds has clearly seized the opportunity that high-speed rail represents both locally and regionally.
“HS2 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity both to revitalise Leeds and, in the process, rebalance Britain.
“Leeds’s plans live up to that level of ambition and will leave a legacy that the city and the region can be proud of for decades to come.”
Network Rail route managing director Rob McIntosh said: “The masterplan has a clear focus on the future and the arrival of HS2 but can be implemented in phases, bringing benefits to passengers and the city at each stage.
“We will be working closely with our partners, funders and stakeholders to secure the funding which will make this vision a reality.”
The changes are set to be carried out over the next 25 years.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director of Network Rail said “The masterplan has a clear focus on the future and the arrival of HS2 but can be implemented in phases, bringing benefits to passengers and the city at each stage. “We will be working closely with our partners, funders and stakeholders to secure the funding which will make this vision a reality.”