Leeds Rail Station - Sustainable Travel Gateway

Engagement extended to 11 March!


We would like your views on our proposed improvements to Leeds Station’s entrance and the surrounding area.


The Scheme

Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have submitted a bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund for £39.5 million to support the ‘Sustainable Travel Gateway’ project.

If the bid is successful the Council and the Combined Authority will work with Network Rail to deliver the proposed works, which would significantly improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Improvements would include:

  • Pedestrianisation of New Station Street and relocation of the existing taxi rank to Bishopgate Street.
  • Improving accessibility through the installation of two passenger lifts from Bishopgate Street to the station entrance on New Station Street
  • Environmental improvements to Neville Street and Dark Neville Street including enhanced lighting, road surface and pavement treatments and urban art installations
  • Installing high quality cycle infrastructure on Neville Street, and improvements to cycling infrastructure in surrounding communities
  • A high quality 700-space cycle hub with electric charging points at the station
  • New commercial space to be built within the cycle hub land

Removing heavy traffic from outside the station will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel directly into the city centre with ease. The installation of two passenger lifts will provide further options for step-free access from Bishopgate to the station entrance, instead of having to use the rear and side entrance which are the only current level-access options. This will significantly improve access for people using wheelchairs or pushchairs, and for people with mobility issues.

If planning permission is granted and funding is secured, the works are likely to start later this year.


Have your say

To help you understand the proposals, a number of concept drawings and a map of the works can be found using the ‘documents’ and 'Images' sections of this page, or at one of our public drop-in events. Members of staff will be available at these events to answer any questions you may have.

You can find out more and give us your comments in a number of ways:

  • Online using the link below
  • Via email: keytothenorth@leeds.gov.uk
  • By post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tool below
  • In person at one of our drop in events within Leeds Station on Monday 10, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 February from 7am to 12pm.



Please contact us if you would like any information in large print or braille format.

This engagement will close on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

You can also use the 'stay informed' tool to sign up to our mailing list for updates on the development of this project.

Additionally, you can register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.


Next steps

Feedback will be analysed following this consultation and used to amend the plans where possible.

Engagement extended to 11 March!


We would like your views on our proposed improvements to Leeds Station’s entrance and the surrounding area.


The Scheme

Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have submitted a bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund for £39.5 million to support the ‘Sustainable Travel Gateway’ project.

If the bid is successful the Council and the Combined Authority will work with Network Rail to deliver the proposed works, which would significantly improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Improvements would include:

  • Pedestrianisation of New Station Street and relocation of the existing taxi rank to Bishopgate Street.
  • Improving accessibility through the installation of two passenger lifts from Bishopgate Street to the station entrance on New Station Street
  • Environmental improvements to Neville Street and Dark Neville Street including enhanced lighting, road surface and pavement treatments and urban art installations
  • Installing high quality cycle infrastructure on Neville Street, and improvements to cycling infrastructure in surrounding communities
  • A high quality 700-space cycle hub with electric charging points at the station
  • New commercial space to be built within the cycle hub land

Removing heavy traffic from outside the station will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel directly into the city centre with ease. The installation of two passenger lifts will provide further options for step-free access from Bishopgate to the station entrance, instead of having to use the rear and side entrance which are the only current level-access options. This will significantly improve access for people using wheelchairs or pushchairs, and for people with mobility issues.

If planning permission is granted and funding is secured, the works are likely to start later this year.


Have your say

To help you understand the proposals, a number of concept drawings and a map of the works can be found using the ‘documents’ and 'Images' sections of this page, or at one of our public drop-in events. Members of staff will be available at these events to answer any questions you may have.

You can find out more and give us your comments in a number of ways:

  • Online using the link below
  • Via email: keytothenorth@leeds.gov.uk
  • By post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tool below
  • In person at one of our drop in events within Leeds Station on Monday 10, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 February from 7am to 12pm.



Please contact us if you would like any information in large print or braille format.

This engagement will close on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

You can also use the 'stay informed' tool to sign up to our mailing list for updates on the development of this project.

Additionally, you can register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.


Next steps

Feedback will be analysed following this consultation and used to amend the plans where possible.

Do you have any questions? Ask them here....

Q&A

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  • Why are some of the golden panels at the entrance to the station damaged (I have photographic evidence) and why have the 'finishing touches' not been checked. I have evidence of the fitted gold panels having been marked with paint. It is a great pity that some of the workmanship is evidently of poor quality.

    Jeff Yates asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your comments. We will pass your feedback on to Network Rail.


  • How will it be sustainable if the great majority of the population don't' cycle? And given a significant proportion of travellers have luggage and have to arrive by taxi or car how can it be a solution to the issues? Shouldn't you spend the money on a special freeaccessible tram route to link to the bus station or a hub with buses/ taxis and parking I'm not aginst the proposals but ot just doesnt solve the problems of a gateway or a 21st ecntiry station arriving in Leeds is very much like going back tthe §960's at present especially on platform 16 we need more lifts inside the station How will it address the traffic congestion at the station? Ismt this a token consultation if the work starts so soon?

    JPM asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your query. We are introducing these facilities to encourage more people to move to more sustainable modes of travel, as part of our city’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030. This builds on the work of projects including City Connect. The current cycle hub is also over-subscribed, so we are confident that there is demand for this facility, and as the South Bank area of the city continues to grow, we anticipate this demand will grow further. As a city we are also looking at a mass transit solution, and if this scheme proceeds it will ensure that mass transit can be accommodated at a future date.This scheme is part of a wider programme of works around the station aimed at prioritising pedestrian and cycle routes while reducing the amount of public vehicles using these roads.We will pass on your comments about lifts to Network Rail.

  • I'm a disabled cyclist. What have you done to accommodate my needs? I have aphasia following a stroke so I can't ask for assistance without my speech getting mistaken for abuse as my frustration at my ability to find words is expressed as profanities & the snowflake generation isn't trained to tell the difference. I can't walk more than a few metres despite being able to ride an ebike. What training for this have you put in place for your staff?

    SpasticHelen! asked 18 days ago

    The new cycle hub will be directly accessible from the cycle lane on Neville Street, and will include electric charging points for ebikes. There will still be cycle stands on platforms. We will also pass your concerns on to Network Rail.

  • Bus connectivity and interchange with rail services in Leeds is currently dire with too few services heading to or nearby the station and the few that do suffer with waiting times at previous stops causing walks to the station, long walks in general from some routes, few services from key employment areas to the station one example being St James Hospital, buses not segregated from traffic flows slowing them down, bus station a long distance from the actual railway station. What in this scheme will improve these current problems?

    Kenton Schweppes asked 19 days ago

    This scheme is part of wider improvements we are looking to make to improve transport connectivity across the city. In the long-term, the city is looking as mass transit which will address some of these concerns. In the meantime, Leeds Council is working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus operators to look at the most efficient way of managing interchange.

  • Hello, I really like these ideas, but I do have one concern, which is a large one. That is: will there be improved car access for dropping off/picking up at the station? At present, you can expect to queue for up to 25 minutes at peak time, battle aggressive taxis at the entrance, and then have to navigate an extremely tight entrance and exit to the pick-up point car park (which, judging by the scrapes on the bollards, others haven't navigated as easily as I have thus far!). I'm in favour of moving the taxi rank away, and would welcome a taxi zone, similar to Birmingham New Street, where Uber and taxi firms must exclusively pick-up and drop-off at that set point, freeing up other areas for efficient car transport. I'm all for sustainable options but it's often not possible at all (or costly and takes over an hour) to use public transport to where we are, so driving guests to/from is the only option of an evening or early morning, and sometimes even the best option during the day too.

    Magnitude asked 19 days ago

    Thank you for your query. We believe you are referring to Princes Square, which is outside the scope of this particular scheme. This area of land is owned by Network Rail and we will pass your comments to them. New Station Street is not a pick-up and drop-off point for private vehicles.


  • Hi, I'm a blind traveller. You mention pedestrianising new station street. What will happen to the interchange outside the main entrance of Leeds train station? Also, there are no audible or braille labels on these bus stands to assist blind passengers to locate them. In addition, buses do not always stop at the assigned bus stops here due to other buses waiting etc which can be an issue for visually impaired users. There is the mention of concept drawings and maps on this page. I would like to have tactile maps of the proposed area after the changes have been made please

    Blind user asked 19 days ago

    Thank you for your query. The bus stops will be relocated to new and existing stops on Boar Lane, Infirmary Street and Wellington Street. Although the bus stops will be further away, the new pedestrianised routes will make it easier for people to travel to the stops than previously, especially given the reduction in vehicles using the area. We will look at incorporating audible and braille labels into any new bus stands. We are also more than happy to provide tactile maps of the plans, and maps in other formats, should planning permission be granted and the funding realised.