Network Rail has made further announcements as part of the £161 million investment at Leeds station.
Described as the “biggest investment in the station since Leeds First in the early 2000s,” the upgrades will ensure that passengers enjoy improved train journeys and a station where the look and feel is changed for the better.
The two key changes will include platform zero, a new platform that will be the crowning glory of Leeds station.
It is part of the investment in the rail infrastructure that will result in track alignment improvements so that journeys into platforms one to six at the station are much more efficient.
All six platforms will be lengthened and extended; much like Liverpool Lime Street, this process is being undertaken so that longer trains can approach the station.
This means that more seats are available, giving business users and passengers much improved journeys.
In addition, partial pedestrianisation of New Street Station has been announced. Funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, this will ease congestion and improve flow of people near the entrance of the station.
Work is expected to start next year.
These projects will bring up a hat-trick of recent announcements, after October, which saw confirmation that dark, tired wooden ceiling panels at the South Concourse will be replaced at Leeds station.
This will make the station much more vibrant, with greater natural light thanks to a transparent, plastic roof.
Rob McIntosh is the route managing director for Network Rail. He said: “Together, this trio of projects are the biggest investment in the station since Leeds First in the early 2000s, and I am delighted that they will start delivering benefits for passengers and the city as early as next autumn.
“There will inevitably be changes to peoples’ usual walking routes and routines during construction and we will do everything we can to keep people moving efficiently and safely, in eager anticipation of a noticeably improved station upon completion.”