Network Rail has announced that the first stage of a project to remodel the track layout at Leeds railway station will begin this bank holiday weekend.
The layout of the tracks between platforms 4 and 6 is being changed in the project which will make it easier for trains arriving and departing from the station.
Along with the new Platform Zero, the changes will help boost capacity and reduce the impact of disruption at the transport hub.
The first part of the project will see new overhead equipment installed and some signalling equipment moved.
In order for this work to be carried out, some of the platforms at Leeds railway station will have to be closed which impacts on the trans services which will run on Sunday 30th May.
- Buses will replace trains between Leeds and Kirkstall Forge, where passengers can connect to trains to and from Ilkley and Bradford Forster Square
- Bus replacements will run between Leeds and Horsforth, to connect with trains to and from Harrogate, Knaresborough and York
- Buses will replace trains between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate via Outwood, to connect with trains to and from Knottingley via Streethouse and Featherstone
- Northern trains to/from Manchester Victoria will start/end at Bradford Interchange, with bus replacement services between Leeds and Bradford Interchange
- A reduced service will run between Leeds and Skipton and trains will not call at Shipley. Buses will also replace trains between Carlisle and Appleby.
- Trains between York and Blackpool North will not call at New Pudsey or Bradford Interchange
- Trains to Morecambe, Settle and Carlisle will start/end at Skipton
The replacement bus services will pick up and drop off on New Station Street.
Train services should return to normal on Bank Holiday Monday, and the multistorey car park is expected to reopen on 1st June now that Platform Zero construction work is complete.
Over the next few months, more equipment will be installed and the tracks between platforms 4 and 6 will be lifted later in the year.
Matt Rice, North and East Route Director for Network Rail said: “Re-positioning the tracks between platforms 4 to 6 might not sound exciting, but it’s an upgrade that will make journeys across the north more reliable and help us limit the impact of any unplanned disruption. While we try to carry out work so it doesn’t affect train services, we do need to close some of the platforms on Sunday 30 May, therefore we’re asking passengers to plan ahead and check before travelling.”
Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The vital work taking place at Leeds station is key to future proofing Northern services and delivering more reliable and punctual journeys for our customers. We are working closely with colleagues at Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum, but the scale of the work does mean several routes will be affected during the bank holiday work. I’d like to thank our customers in advance for their understanding and patience and call on them to plan journeys carefully, allow extra time for travel and check ahead before setting off.”
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