White Rose Rail Station

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

We want to know what the key issues are for you as a current or potential rail user or a local resident. You can tell us by viewing our initial plans and designs and completing our survey

We are hosting some public drop-in events to display initial plans and designs. At the events you can speak to those involved in developing the scheme and learn more about White Rose rail station. Details of these events are listed on this page.

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



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

We want to know what the key issues are for you as a current or potential rail user or a local resident. You can tell us by viewing our initial plans and designs and completing our survey

We are hosting some public drop-in events to display initial plans and designs. At the events you can speak to those involved in developing the scheme and learn more about White Rose rail station. Details of these events are listed on this page.

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



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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  • 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 8 days ago

    A range of locations within the Leeds City Region were assessed for their potential to accommodate a new railway station. The top three proposed locations, based on their potential to become a catalyst for new jobs and economic growth, were identified at Thorpe Park, White Rose and Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway. The potential for a new rail station at Elland Road (on the Wakefield Line) was assessed, but this location did not score as highly as the other three preferred locations.

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

    Rebecca Noble asked 10 days 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 11 days 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 11 days 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 11 days 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 10 days 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 11 days 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 11 days 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 13 days 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.