Leeds Bus Station Improvements

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Consultation has concluded

Please note that the public engagement for the Leeds Bus Station Improvements has now closed. The engagement outcome report will be available soon.


The below information was presented during the public engagement period in autumn 2019.


Whilst Leeds has good public transport connectivity including a comprehensive bus network, as a key gateway into the city centre the bus station no longer provides a fitting arrival for a major city.

The Leeds Bus Station Gateway project aims to address this by transforming the environment of the station, through creating a modern and efficient layout that provides a better offer for passengers and makes use of public transport within the city centre more attractive.

The aims of this project are to:

  • Provide an enhanced and inclusive customer experience for passengers moving through the bus station
  • Make the bus station an energy efficient facility
  • Provide a sense of place within and around the bus station by providing:
    • A gateway experience to passengers
    • Integration with York Street, Victoria Gate and St Peter’s Street
    • Seamless integration with the Corn Exchange

The plans and details of the improvements can also be downloaded here.

The following improvements are proposed:

  • Changes to the concourse to remove clutter, improve lighting, signage and generally make the environment more attractive
  • Accessibility improvements to include new flooring with tactile guidance and RNIB audio travel information units at bus stand areas
  • Enhanced retail and café facilities with modified frontages
  • Enhanced passenger waiting and boarding facilities - new and realigned stand seating and replacement of bus stand automatic doors and glazing
  • Enhanced travel centre facilities which also includes self-service travel facilities and information
  • Improved accessible entrances via York Street and Dyer Street. Cladding of the frontage walls with high quality materials, possibly incorporating a living wall.
  • Facilities for bus drivers to prepare and eat food and take rest breaks
  • Installation of a solar panel system, generating electricity to make the bus station self-sufficient

*Note that some of the proposals depend on timescale, funding and planning approvals.


Transforming your city centre

The plans for Leeds Bus Station are part of a wider package of improvements for Leeds city centre that include the Corn Exchange area, Lower Briggate, Meadow Lane and York St.

For more information and to have your say click here


Stay in touch

You can use the tools to sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the development of this project. It is likely that we will be asking for more detailed comments about the travel centre in the near future.

Alternatively, 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

The engagement on this project has now closed and your feedback is being analysed. The feedback will be used to amend the plans where possible.

Please note that the public engagement for the Leeds Bus Station Improvements has now closed. The engagement outcome report will be available soon.


The below information was presented during the public engagement period in autumn 2019.


Whilst Leeds has good public transport connectivity including a comprehensive bus network, as a key gateway into the city centre the bus station no longer provides a fitting arrival for a major city.

The Leeds Bus Station Gateway project aims to address this by transforming the environment of the station, through creating a modern and efficient layout that provides a better offer for passengers and makes use of public transport within the city centre more attractive.

The aims of this project are to:

  • Provide an enhanced and inclusive customer experience for passengers moving through the bus station
  • Make the bus station an energy efficient facility
  • Provide a sense of place within and around the bus station by providing:
    • A gateway experience to passengers
    • Integration with York Street, Victoria Gate and St Peter’s Street
    • Seamless integration with the Corn Exchange

The plans and details of the improvements can also be downloaded here.

The following improvements are proposed:

  • Changes to the concourse to remove clutter, improve lighting, signage and generally make the environment more attractive
  • Accessibility improvements to include new flooring with tactile guidance and RNIB audio travel information units at bus stand areas
  • Enhanced retail and café facilities with modified frontages
  • Enhanced passenger waiting and boarding facilities - new and realigned stand seating and replacement of bus stand automatic doors and glazing
  • Enhanced travel centre facilities which also includes self-service travel facilities and information
  • Improved accessible entrances via York Street and Dyer Street. Cladding of the frontage walls with high quality materials, possibly incorporating a living wall.
  • Facilities for bus drivers to prepare and eat food and take rest breaks
  • Installation of a solar panel system, generating electricity to make the bus station self-sufficient

*Note that some of the proposals depend on timescale, funding and planning approvals.


Transforming your city centre

The plans for Leeds Bus Station are part of a wider package of improvements for Leeds city centre that include the Corn Exchange area, Lower Briggate, Meadow Lane and York St.

For more information and to have your say click here


Stay in touch

You can use the tools to sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the development of this project. It is likely that we will be asking for more detailed comments about the travel centre in the near future.

Alternatively, 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

The engagement on this project has now closed and your feedback is being analysed. The feedback will be used to amend the plans where possible.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Re the Leeds city bus station consultation, as part of the redesign of Leeds bus station, the bus point at Leeds Corn Exchange is to be renovated as well. Leeds bus station is to have braille / audio signage fitted at departure boards at each stand. Is the same to happen for definite at the stands at Leeds Corn exchange to make them accessible? I was told they would have but Leeds Interchange, outside Leeds train station has just been renovated and there is no braille or audio signage present at these stands.

    Blind user Asked 10 months ago

    Your comments are appreciated and will be taken into consideration as part of the detailed design.

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    I attended a public consultation re Leeds bus station recently. I've been told the layout of the stands will be changed. When it comes to the placement of the departure boards + audio and braille signage, will they be still placed in a straight line running down the length of the station as they are now as I myself as a blind passenger find that easier than having to walk into each stand individually to find the departure board and braille / audio signage. Is there any plans to provide a braille, audio and visual map of the station and surrounding area at say the main entrance so VI people can orient themself? It was mentioned improvements were planned for the surrounding area around the station as well. Re tactile waymarking that is mentioned in the consultation document, I would prefer different types of tactile markings to signify for example: Raised bars to direct you forward:   and Raised domes to alert you of an intersection or landmark. When you detect raised domes, a VI person would know to look for signs with braille and raised letters on a nearby column that explain your location in the station and what the raised domes indicate. In this instance, to signify entrances and departure boards into the various stands at Leeds city bus station Will you be implementing anything like this? In addition, will there be tactile waymarking leading on the bus forecourt or only inside the station so a blind passenger is able to locate the entrance into a bus more easily when it is parked at a stand and picking up passengers?

    Blind user Asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for comments. The audio/braille signage on the stands will be in a straight line. We will certainly consider all audio/visual aids to ensure way finding is as easy as possible. We will certainly be considering tactile waymarking as part of the detailed design.

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    The bus station is notoriously drafty especially when an automatic door opens. What plans are there to defuse this. Just drives a very cold feeling in the place for me

    Aaron Asked 10 months ago

    The temperature management of the building will be considered as part of the detailed design.

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    How about heating and cooling in the bus station, it is freezing in the winter.

    richardc1983 Asked 10 months ago

    The temperature management of the building will be considered as part of the detailed design.

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    How is the bus station to be integrated with the cycle infrastructure? I often use bicycle and public transport but can’t find any reference to improved cycle lockups or integration with cycle paths

    Paul M Asked 10 months ago

    The Corn Exchange Project will be delivering an improved environment for walking and cycling on the external of the Bus Station.

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    Are any improvements to cycle facilities being considered to further facilitate the use of buses as part of sustainable multimodal travel within West Yorkshire? It would be great to see cycle parking front and center of the new plans, perhaps even as a destination for cyclists using the city's new cycle routes, before onward travel via bus routes.

    Robin Asked 10 months ago

    Your comments are appreciated and will be taken into consideration as part of the detailed design.

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    We would like a water refill station please!

    Mollie Taylor Asked 10 months ago

    Your comment is appreciated and will be taken into consideration as part of the detailed design.