White Rose Rail Station: Phase 1 engagement

Phase 1 engagement has now concluded - please follow the main White Rose Rail Station page (opens in a new page) for updates 

Please note that this is an archive copy of the phase 1 engagement website for White Rose Rail Station. To keep the information we provide relevant we have updated the main engagement page (opens in a new page) in readiness for the next phase.

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Update (Autumn 2018):

A report has been produced that includes all the comments received during the engagement period (2 July – 3 August 2018) and this feedback is currently being considered by the rail team. The report can be found here.

We envisage that the outline business case for White Rose Rail Station will be submitted to the Combined Authority during Summer 2019. Subject to approval of this business case submission, we will be in a position to provide further information on the next phase of public consultation.

If you haven’t done so already we encourage you to sign-up on Your Voice to be kept informed of future activity.

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FAQs and Q&As

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Q&As during the engagement period (2nd July - 3rd August 2018) we received 27 questions. Your questions have been brought together with our FAQs to create an extensive list. You can find the updated FAQs here (opens in a new page).

The FAQs have been split into the following topics:

  • Station location
  • Station facilities
  • Timeline and costs
  • Train service provision
  • Local interfaces (how the station will sit within existing road, building and transport infrastructure in the local area)

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Information provided for the engagement period 2 July - 3 August 2018

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. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Q&A's during the engagement period (2nd July - 3rd August 2018) we received 27 questions. Your questions have been brought together with our FAQs to create an extensive list. You can find the updated FAQs here (opens in a new page).

Please note that this is an archive copy of the phase 1 engagement website for White Rose Rail Station. To keep the information we provide relevant we have updated the main engagement page (opens in a new page) in readiness for the next phase.

_______________________________________

Update (Autumn 2018):

A report has been produced that includes all the comments received during the engagement period (2 July – 3 August 2018) and this feedback is currently being considered by the rail team. The report can be found here.

We envisage that the outline business case for White Rose Rail Station will be submitted to the Combined Authority during Summer 2019. Subject to approval of this business case submission, we will be in a position to provide further information on the next phase of public consultation.

If you haven’t done so already we encourage you to sign-up on Your Voice to be kept informed of future activity.

_______________________________________

FAQs and Q&As

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Q&As during the engagement period (2nd July - 3rd August 2018) we received 27 questions. Your questions have been brought together with our FAQs to create an extensive list. You can find the updated FAQs here (opens in a new page).

The FAQs have been split into the following topics:

  • Station location
  • Station facilities
  • Timeline and costs
  • Train service provision
  • Local interfaces (how the station will sit within existing road, building and transport infrastructure in the local area)

_______________________________________

Information provided for the engagement period 2 July - 3 August 2018

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. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Q&A's during the engagement period (2nd July - 3rd August 2018) we received 27 questions. Your questions have been brought together with our FAQs to create an extensive list. You can find the updated FAQs here (opens in a new page).