White Rose Rail Station

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Transforming our rail network

In 2016 we started a conversation with people who live and work in Leeds about the future of transport in the city. We had more than 8,000 responses, with a clear message that you want to see improvements to public transport.

You told us what your issues are and what you would like us to change. Your views helped us shape the vision for the city's transport strategy, which led to the development of the Connecting Leeds vision. Visit leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds (opens in a new tab) for more information.

Improving our rail network is an important part of the strategy and we would like to improve journeys for existing passengers as well as attracting new users. With significant development and investments across the city we must make sure our rail network connects us to where we want to go; within Leeds, regionally and nationally. We also want to make sure we are ready to maximise the benefits of future opportunities such as High Speed Two (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

We want to provide better access to jobs and training opportunities, and reduce costly congestion on our roads and improve air quality, which means increasing the number of people choosing to travel by train, bus, bicycle and on foot.

We also want to encourage and enable further investment in new and better services, and ensure continual improvements that will benefit everyone. A new station could help achieve this and supplement investment that train operators are already putting into the route to create a high-quality rail network and increase the number of rail users.

Development of new rail stations

Planning and developing new rail stations for Leeds is being done in a number of phases. At this stage we have highlighted three areas around the city that have the potential for new stations. This potential is based on predicted rail user demand, potential development and the accessibility of the locations. We are sharing initial plans for White Rose and Thorpe Park in July 2018 and intend to share plans for a Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway later in 2018.

The stations are are proposing are at their earliest stage of development and we will invite feedback from the public at a number of stages, as plans progress. It is not known at this time if all three stations are possible, but we want to give you the opportunity to comment at every step along the way, and to keep you informed of progress.


White Rose rail station

A new station could be located in South Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main TransPennine rail route. Engineering, environmental and operational constraints mean the location of the proposed station, 750 metres south of the existing Cottingley station next to the White Rose Office Park, is mostly fixed. It is not finalised at this stage whether White Rose would be in addition to the station at Cottingley, or a replacement.

The area around the proposed site for the White Rose rail station is close to the important business, employment and education sites at the White Rose Office Park including Elliott Hudson College and the White Rose Shopping Centre. It is also close to the local communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw and we are developing plans to improve pedestrian accessibility in the area.

Objectives:

  • Serve the local communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw
  • Better serve the local demand (with potential for a bus/rail interchange at White Rose shopping centre)
  • An accessible station for all users
  • Connecting people to jobs, education and training opportunities at existing and new developments in the area
  • Connecting shoppers and employees to the White Rose shopping centre

To find out more about the whole programme, including bus consultations, visit leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds (opens in a new tab). If you have any questions, please contact us: transportprojects@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or 0113 245 7676.

A station at White Rose could:

  • Serve the local communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw
  • Improve access to education and training opportunities at Elliott Hudson College
  • Take cars off the road to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions
  • Serve the established White Rose office park, shopping centre and Millshaw Industrial Estate
  • Help attract new investment and business to the area, forming part of the land owner's proposals for the expansion of White Rose office park with a wider mix of uses
  • Help employers have access to a wider labour market by creating a better connection to the city and beyond, and reducing journey times
  • Sit within an environmentally sustainable wider development with a traffic free environment beyond the station's drop off/pick up point

Public engagement:

The engagement on these plans has now closed and all feedback is now being examined. Further information will be posted here when it becomes available.

Please note that contributions to this engagement are now closed for evaluation and review. The project team will report back on key outcomes in due course. To be kept informed of updates, please subscribe to receive announcements by email.

Transforming our rail network

In 2016 we started a conversation with people who live and work in Leeds about the future of transport in the city. We had more than 8,000 responses, with a clear message that you want to see improvements to public transport.

You told us what your issues are and what you would like us to change. Your views helped us shape the vision for the city's transport strategy, which led to the development of the Connecting Leeds vision. Visit leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds (opens in a new tab) for more information.

Improving our rail network is an important part of the strategy and we would like to improve journeys for existing passengers as well as attracting new users. With significant development and investments across the city we must make sure our rail network connects us to where we want to go; within Leeds, regionally and nationally. We also want to make sure we are ready to maximise the benefits of future opportunities such as High Speed Two (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

We want to provide better access to jobs and training opportunities, and reduce costly congestion on our roads and improve air quality, which means increasing the number of people choosing to travel by train, bus, bicycle and on foot.

We also want to encourage and enable further investment in new and better services, and ensure continual improvements that will benefit everyone. A new station could help achieve this and supplement investment that train operators are already putting into the route to create a high-quality rail network and increase the number of rail users.

Development of new rail stations

Planning and developing new rail stations for Leeds is being done in a number of phases. At this stage we have highlighted three areas around the city that have the potential for new stations. This potential is based on predicted rail user demand, potential development and the accessibility of the locations. We are sharing initial plans for White Rose and Thorpe Park in July 2018 and intend to share plans for a Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway later in 2018.

The stations are are proposing are at their earliest stage of development and we will invite feedback from the public at a number of stages, as plans progress. It is not known at this time if all three stations are possible, but we want to give you the opportunity to comment at every step along the way, and to keep you informed of progress.


White Rose rail station

A new station could be located in South Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main TransPennine rail route. Engineering, environmental and operational constraints mean the location of the proposed station, 750 metres south of the existing Cottingley station next to the White Rose Office Park, is mostly fixed. It is not finalised at this stage whether White Rose would be in addition to the station at Cottingley, or a replacement.

The area around the proposed site for the White Rose rail station is close to the important business, employment and education sites at the White Rose Office Park including Elliott Hudson College and the White Rose Shopping Centre. It is also close to the local communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw and we are developing plans to improve pedestrian accessibility in the area.

Objectives:

  • Serve the local communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw
  • Better serve the local demand (with potential for a bus/rail interchange at White Rose shopping centre)
  • An accessible station for all users
  • Connecting people to jobs, education and training opportunities at existing and new developments in the area
  • Connecting shoppers and employees to the White Rose shopping centre

To find out more about the whole programme, including bus consultations, visit leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds (opens in a new tab). If you have any questions, please contact us: transportprojects@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or 0113 245 7676.

A station at White Rose could:

  • Serve the local communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw
  • Improve access to education and training opportunities at Elliott Hudson College
  • Take cars off the road to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions
  • Serve the established White Rose office park, shopping centre and Millshaw Industrial Estate
  • Help attract new investment and business to the area, forming part of the land owner's proposals for the expansion of White Rose office park with a wider mix of uses
  • Help employers have access to a wider labour market by creating a better connection to the city and beyond, and reducing journey times
  • Sit within an environmentally sustainable wider development with a traffic free environment beyond the station's drop off/pick up point

Public engagement:

The engagement on these plans has now closed and all feedback is now being examined. Further information will be posted here when it becomes available.

We have created an extensive list of frequently asked questions and you can find these on our White Rose rail station engagement page.  However, if you have another question, please write it here and we will try to get a response back as soon as possible.

Q&A

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  • Where is the parking? How can you add buildings to the Arlington when there is already no-where near enough parking to park? I work at Capita and we already have nowhere to park, new people are just told to park at White Rose or on the streets, this is crazy talk!

    Ash asked about 2 months ago

    The strategic purpose of the proposed White Rose railway station is to promote and encourage new rail journeys, to and from the local areas of Cottingley, Churwell, Millshaw, & Morley. The proposed new station would provide a viable alternative to the private car and should also help to alleviate parking issues within the local area.

    The station would aim to connect people by rail to local jobs, education and training opportunities, at existing and new business developments, whilst also connecting shoppers and employees to the White Rose shopping centre. There would also be the potential for bus and rail interchange, at the White Rose shopping centre bus station.

    Vehicular access, drop off and blue badge holder parking spaces would be provided at the station. We are keen to improve access to the local rail network through sustainable modes of transport and will explore opportunities to improve the walking and cycling access to the proposed station, as part of the development work.

  • How will this station impact upon the already struggling retail sector in the City Centre?

    johnnybassoon asked about 2 months ago

    Apart from serving the retail developments, the proposed station is intended to connect residential areas of Churwell and Cottingley to local urban centres such as Leeds and Huddersfield and York as well as support the existing and new office development. The wider economic impacts of the scheme will be assessed as part of the Outline Business Case.

  • Will the trains go via Bramley west yorkshire

    Bette asked about 2 months ago

    The proposed station is on the route from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria (via Huddersfield and Leeds) to York so the trains will therefore not go via Bramley.

  • As you have apparently ruled out any provision of a 'Park and Ride' facility at the White Rose Station what is being done to deter those people who will use the White Rose Centre car parks to access the train services to Leeds either to work in the centre or to gain onward services to other parts of Leeds or West Yorkshire? These cars will take up car parking spaces all day in what is, on most days at least, a very busy and full car park. This will inconvenience people who want to either shop at the White Rose Centre or visit the attractions there as there will be even less car parking spaces than there are now. Do you and the White Rose Centre have any plans to curtail this usage of the car parking spaces provided for the customers of the Centre? This is already a problem in Morley itself, especially in the Morrisons Car Park and other free car parking areas around Morley Centre.

    Stephen Clayforth asked about 2 months ago

    Proposals are at a very early stage. As they progress, The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will work closely with White Rose shopping centre to develop a management strategy to ensure that the car park facilities at White Rose shopping centre are used appropriately for their customers. 

  • In your piece about the expected development of the White Rose station you stated that you were envisaging a Bus/Rail interchange there. As part of this do you have any plans or ideas of providing a 'Park and Ride' facility at this location? I am sure that if there was one it would be well used considering the number of people from that area that leave their cars parked in both Morley centre (Morrisons etc.) and Morley station and then catch either the bus or train into Leeds and points further.

    Stephen Clayforth asked 2 months ago

    Rather than generate additional park and ride car journeys, the strategic purpose of White Rose Rail Station is to:

    ·  Serve the local community demand from Cottingley, Churwell, Millshaw, & Morley (with potential for a bus/rail interchange at White Rose shopping centre)

    ·  Connect people to jobs, education and training opportunities at existing and new development in the area

    ·  Connect shoppers and employees to the White Rose shopping centre

    Vehicular access, pickup/drop off and blue badge holder parking spaces would be provided at the station.  We are keen to improve access to the local rail network through sustainable modes of transport including walking and cycling and we will explore the opportunities to improve the walking and cycling access to the proposed station as part of the development work.

  • You saying reducing cars of the road what about taxis they are the worst of. Why not bring tramp back in the service to area it will reducing car and buses problem for Leeds.

    Hash Tailor asked 2 months ago

    Proposals for a new rail station at White Rose do not include scope for the creation of new tram service in the area.

  • How will the provision of this station impact the proposals for a standard 40 minute service between Leeds and Manchester? There appears to be little space to provide passing loops at the station so those aspirations will require either careful timetabling or improved provision for slower trains to be overtaken between Huddersfield and Dewsbury so that trains stopping at White Rose do not cause a bottleneck. Why does the artist's impression not include electrification?

    planahead asked 2 months ago

    Proposals are at a very early stage, The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route. An operating timetable would be determined as the scheme progresses.

    The artist impressions are only intended to illustrate our proposals for the new station.  We await an announcement from the Department for Transport on the separate proposals for the potential electrification of the railway at this location as part of the TransPennine Route Upgrade, which is expected by the end of the year.  The Combined Authority’s policy position is to support the electrification of this route.

  • You have, apparently, ruled out a station for Elland Road. However could you not make a 'Stop' there to be used only during match days? Alternatively would you be prepared to provide a shuttle bus from the White Rose station to Elland Road on match days? This would make it easier for supporters of BOTH teams to get there whilst severally cutting down the congestion and, of course, the pollution caused by the number of vehicles attending on match days. The cost of the shuttle bus could be included in price of the rail ticket. This would, of course, necessitate the provision of extra trains and/or more carriages on match days. Would this be something that you would look at favourably considering the commitment of Leeds City Council in reducing pollution and congestion in the city?

    Stephen Clayforth asked 2 months ago

    A range of locations within the Leeds City Region were assessed for their potential to accommodate a new railway station. The potential for a new rail station at Elland Road (on the Wakefield Line) was assessed, but this location was not identified as a priority site.  

    The cost of developing and implementing a basic station is £10+million.  New stations need to demonstrate a robust business case, with the economic benefits and additional revenue from new users outweighing the infrastructure costs and additional rolling stock costs.  This would be particularly difficult to achieve if only operating to/from a station on match days.

    Proposals for a new rail station at White Rose do not include scope for the introduction of a match day shuttle bus.

  • Buses seem to go to and from the centre. What thought has gone into routes around the outside, connecting say headingley to chapel allerton without taking all day for such a journey?

    Marko asked 2 months ago

    Most bus services in Leeds operate on radial routes into and out of the city centre. There are two key reasons for this. The first being that the city centre is the largest employment and retail zone in the district. This makes it the most popular destination for trips by bus and car. In the future it is anticipated that most of the employment and retail growth will be in and around the city centre and the bulk of the housing growth outside the centre which means the demand for these trips is going to increase significantly. The second reason is that these routes are the most profitable. This is important as the bus services in West Yorkshire are operated privately and local government is unable to define the routes and or the fair costs. 

    One of the key messages we have been hearing over the past 6 months with regards to the bus network is that people want to see more orbital routes, around the city centre connecting communities and smaller urban centres. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council and the bus operators have committed to reviewing the bus network as a whole and the viability/deliverability of orbital services. A fund worth several millions of pounds has been identified to help make this happen. We hope to announce further information in the coming months.

  • Can you tell me please where abouts will trains run from with leeds to white rose shopping centre please

    Linda asked 2 months ago

    The proposed station location is on the straight section of track south of Elland Road A643 (Churwell viaduct) – illustrations below:

    Proposals are at a very early stage, The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route. An operating timetable would be determined as the scheme progresses.

  • I am afraid that I am not qualified to take part in this survey as I live in Adel, Leeds, and never visit the White Rose centre

    Sylvia Halliday asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment.

  • I feel it would be good to have a rail route from Wetherby toThorp Arch, Harrogate, York, Leeds, Otley, Ilkley Manchester Liverpool and Chester. Mrfs Maureen Brewer. B.E.M.

    Maureen asked 2 months ago

    At present West Yorkshire Combined Authority has no plans for reopening a railway line to Wetherby or Thorpe Arch and is focused on working with Transport for the North to press the case for the new High Speed Rail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail network lines.  However, the Combined Authority is developing a new rail strategy and reviewing network gaps, including reopening lines, new stations, services and infrastructure will be part of the Combined Authority’s considerations.

  • How will shoppers get to the white rose shopping centre from the station. It is some distance.

    Redknight42 asked about 2 months ago

    At this early stage, it is envisaged that rail users would access the White Rose Shopping Centre via pedestrian high-line walkway. Concepts for this access outline the high-line walkway running immediately out of the proposed station building to the shopping centre bus hub, circa 450 metres. Proposals are at an early stage and access arrangements will be determined as the scheme progresses.

  • These stations will not affect me at all. I would like to know if there are any plans to reinstate a station in Wetherby. Thanks

    Haley2 asked 2 months ago

    At present the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has no plans for reopening a railway line to Wetherby and is focused on working with Transport for the North to press the case for the new High Speed Rail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail network lines.  However, the Combined Authority is developing a new rail strategy and reviewing network gaps, including reopening lines, new stations, services and infrastructure will be part of the Combined Authority’s considerations.

  • Would there be additional trains? Does Leeds station to handle additional trains. Would there be parking at White Rose to enable those working in central Leeds to commute reducing congestion and pollution in the city ?

    3536 asked 2 months ago

    Both Northern and TPE franchises are committed to introduce new trains and more carriages within the current franchises. We are working with the operators on the route through Rail North to influence their timetable and deployment of rolling stock so that trains are deployed in the way that benefits passengers.

    Rather than generate additional park and ride car journeys, the strategic purpose of White Rose Rail Station is to;

    -  Serve the local community demand from Cottingley, Churwell, Millshaw, & Morley (with potential for a bus/rail interchange at White Rose shopping centre)
    -  Connect people to jobs, education and training opportunities at existing and new development in the area
    -  Connect shoppers and employees to the White Rose shopping centre

    Vehicular access, pickup/drop off and blue badge holder parking spaces would be provided at the station.  We are  keen to improve access to the local rail network through sustainable modes of transport including walking and cycling and we will explore the opportunities to improve the walking and cycling access to the proposed station as part of the development work.

  • Although I do support building this station to accommodate 6 car trains as envisaged and I applaud the WYCA for future proofing this station to accommodate 8 car trains, the three most recent stations within the Leeds City Region at 'Low Moor', 'Kirkstall Forge' and 'Apperley bridge' were all built with platforms only long to accommodate 4 car trains and apparently this new station at Elland is to be built with platforms long enough for 5 car trains. My question is: why is it considered necessary to construct platforms so long when technology such as SDO, (Selective Door Opening) exists?

    michael bradley asked 2 months ago

    We have been working closely with the Train Operating Companies on the route to determine the most appropriate length of platforms based on the types and length of rolling stock that are most likely deployed on the route.  It is felt that  6-car length platforms are more appropriate for this location given the nature of the route and this will provide the flexibility to accommodate 6-car trains in this location.  For a brand new station, we would like to provide maximum flexibility to cater for different operational scenarios in the future whenever possible.

  • Are you going to have a stop at Elland road stadium on the white rose line? as there was previously just seems to make sense to prevent trouble in the city and congestion on the busses to the ground???

    Glen westerman asked 3 months ago

    A range of locations within the Leeds City Region were assessed for their potential to accommodate a new railway station. The potential for a new rail station at Elland Road (on the Wakefield Line) was assessed, but this location was not identified as a priority site due to the limited availability of land and capacity on the line.

  • Would the White Rose station affect the nearby Arlington Business Centre at all?

    Rebecca Noble asked 3 months ago

    The proposed rail station at White Rose is expected to have a positive effect on local business, including the businesses located at the Arlington Business Centre. This was a deciding factor in the selection of White Rose as a preferred station location, with the station providing enhanced connectivity to the jobs market across the Leeds City Region and beyond. 


  • Why cant trains take turns at stopping at Cottingley and White Rose? I believe two stations would be great for South Leeds regeneration

    Ken Brown asked 3 months ago

    It is not finalised at this stage whether White Rose would be in addition to the station at Cottingley, or a replacement. With regard to the potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.

    There is only one train per hour stopping at Cottingley rail station at the moment.  Our aspiration is to provide 2 trains per hour at each station within West Yorkshire. This will be extremely challenging to achieve this level of services for both stations given the capacity on the route and the proximity of both locations.

  • Was the line between Outwood and Leeds, which runs close to the White Rose Center to the east, considered at any point as a possible location for a new station as part of this process?

    Sam asked 3 months ago

    The Wakefield Line between Outwood and Leeds has not been considered as a location for a White Rose station because the proposed station location on the Huddersfield Line between Cottingley and Morley is significantly closer to the White Rose shopping centre, local communities of Cottingley, Churwell, Millshaw, Morley and the White Rose Office Park.

    A new station study in 2014 examined three locations on the Wakefield line between Outwood and Leeds, two sites in East Ardsley and a site at Elland Road/Beeston. However, these locations were not recommended for further business case development at this stage.

  • Why do you think White Rose shoppers will use a station over 1km from the shopping centre?

    angry voter asked 3 months ago

    The strategic purpose of White Rose Rail Station is not only to connect shoppers and employees to the White Rose Shopping Centre. It is also to serve the local community demand from Cottingley, Churwell, Millshaw and Morley (with potential for a bus/rail interchange at White Rose Shopping Centre), and connect people to jobs, education and training opportunities at existing and new development in the White Rose Office Park area.

    The proposed station location is significantly less than 1 kilometre (circa 450 metres) from the White Rose Shopping Centre.


  • How long will the platforms be and will they be able to accommodate 6 car trains?

    michael bradley asked 3 months ago

    At this stage it is envisaged that platforms will not only accommodate 6 carriage trains, but also leave passive provision through future proofing design to extend platform length to accommodate 8 carriage trains, should future rolling stock offer provision for this. Proposals are at an early stage and access arrangements will be determined as the scheme progresses.

  • Will there be access to the new station form Elland Road/Victoria Road A643?

    Ken Brown asked 3 months ago

    At this stage it is envisaged that vehicular access to a new station would be via Elland Road A643. Proposals are at an early stage and access arrangements will be determined as the scheme progresses.

  • Will footpath/bike access be added from the proposed new station towards Churwell (perhaps behind the allotments, heading towards Tesco Express), rather than just linking to Elland Road by Churwell viaduct? It would seem sensible to link the residential areas directly west of the proposed station instead of just the White Rose Centre and office park.

    Shaun asked 3 months ago

    At this stage it is envisaged that pedestrian and cycle access to a new station would be developed as part of the wider masterplan proposals of the Developer. Aspirations are at an early stage and access arrangements will be determined as the scheme progresses.

  • Will opening White Rose station mean the closure of Cottingley Station?

    spencer asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  The location of the proposed station is 750 metres south of the existing Cottingley station.  Our current work suggests that it might be difficult to accommodate the proposed White Rose station in addition to the existing Cottingley station on the main Trans-Pennine route.  Department for Transport and the rail industry have expressed strong concern regarding stopping services for both White Rose and Cottingley due to their close proximity and the constraints in track capacity and its potential performance impact on other services.  Nevertherless, it is not finalised at this stage whether White Rose would be in addition to the station at Cottingley, or a replacement.  We are keen to engage with local communities in order to understand their needs and develop a scheme that best serves their requirements.