White Rose Rail Station

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The new rail station is being constructed in south Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main Transpennine rail route, 700 meters south of the existing Cottingley station, near the White Rose Office Park.


The new station at White Rose will serve local communities, commuters to the office park, Elliot Hudson college and users of the White Rose Shopping Centre.


Once opened the new station will provide:

• A new modern rail station, fully compliant with current standards

• Lift and staircase access to both platforms providing accessibility for all users

• Better connections for local people to employment opportunities, education and leisure facilities.

• New and upgraded cycle routes and pathways to local communities, the White Rose Shopping Centre & bus interchange, providing excellent public access with safe, well-lit walkways.

• Passenger facilities to include cycle storage, waiting shelters and CCTV

• Drop off / pick up area with a taxi rank, and blue badge parking spaces



Implications for Cottingley rail station:

The station forms part of an improved city transport system and is part of a wider transport investment and regeneration programme, the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme.

We will be doing detailed work to understand the potential implications of this development for Cottingley rail station, because it is unlikely that two stations that are so close together can be fully sustained. Following this assessment, we will undertake substantial consultation with local people in 2021 to understand their needs and develop a scheme that best meets their requirements.

We will also explore a range of options to ensure people in Cottingley and neighbouring areas have the access they need to the rail network and other transport links, including the potential for an on-demand bus service for the community.


Planning application

Munroe K, owner and operator of the White Rose Office Park, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority submitted a planning application (number 19/07911/FU) for the station to Leeds City Council in late 2019. In June 2020, the application was approved, and decision notice issued.

For more information on the planning application, you can contact Munroe K via:

Email: info@WhiteRoseOfficePark.co.uk

Post: Munroe K, Building 3, White Rose Office Park, Millshaw Park


What engagement has already happened?

In 2018, we undertook the first phase of consultation & engagement, in which the majority (71%) of respondents were happy with proposals for a new rail station at White Rose. We have published a report outlining the feedback received in the first phase of engagement which you can access under the ‘Documents’ section of this page or by clicking here.

The second phase of public engagement was held in 2019 as part of the planning application for White Rose Station. Members of the public were invited to comment on the latest proposals, visit an exhibition of illustrative plans, and attend a drop-in event to meet and discuss the proposals with West Yorkshire Combined Authority representatives. No objections from statutory consultees were received, which reflected the level of support received in the first phase of engagement.

The feedback received in both engagements are available to view in the engagement reports which you can access under the ‘Documents’ section of this page or by clicking here.


Next steps

Please continue to check the project page for further updates, and let us know if you have any additional questions.

The new rail station is being constructed in south Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main Transpennine rail route, 700 meters south of the existing Cottingley station, near the White Rose Office Park.


The new station at White Rose will serve local communities, commuters to the office park, Elliot Hudson college and users of the White Rose Shopping Centre.


Once opened the new station will provide:

• A new modern rail station, fully compliant with current standards

• Lift and staircase access to both platforms providing accessibility for all users

• Better connections for local people to employment opportunities, education and leisure facilities.

• New and upgraded cycle routes and pathways to local communities, the White Rose Shopping Centre & bus interchange, providing excellent public access with safe, well-lit walkways.

• Passenger facilities to include cycle storage, waiting shelters and CCTV

• Drop off / pick up area with a taxi rank, and blue badge parking spaces



Implications for Cottingley rail station:

The station forms part of an improved city transport system and is part of a wider transport investment and regeneration programme, the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme.

We will be doing detailed work to understand the potential implications of this development for Cottingley rail station, because it is unlikely that two stations that are so close together can be fully sustained. Following this assessment, we will undertake substantial consultation with local people in 2021 to understand their needs and develop a scheme that best meets their requirements.

We will also explore a range of options to ensure people in Cottingley and neighbouring areas have the access they need to the rail network and other transport links, including the potential for an on-demand bus service for the community.


Planning application

Munroe K, owner and operator of the White Rose Office Park, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority submitted a planning application (number 19/07911/FU) for the station to Leeds City Council in late 2019. In June 2020, the application was approved, and decision notice issued.

For more information on the planning application, you can contact Munroe K via:

Email: info@WhiteRoseOfficePark.co.uk

Post: Munroe K, Building 3, White Rose Office Park, Millshaw Park


What engagement has already happened?

In 2018, we undertook the first phase of consultation & engagement, in which the majority (71%) of respondents were happy with proposals for a new rail station at White Rose. We have published a report outlining the feedback received in the first phase of engagement which you can access under the ‘Documents’ section of this page or by clicking here.

The second phase of public engagement was held in 2019 as part of the planning application for White Rose Station. Members of the public were invited to comment on the latest proposals, visit an exhibition of illustrative plans, and attend a drop-in event to meet and discuss the proposals with West Yorkshire Combined Authority representatives. No objections from statutory consultees were received, which reflected the level of support received in the first phase of engagement.

The feedback received in both engagements are available to view in the engagement reports which you can access under the ‘Documents’ section of this page or by clicking here.


Next steps

Please continue to check the project page for further updates, and let us know if you have any additional questions.