The new £20m Southern Entrance at Leeds train station will be unveiled to the public on Sunday, benefitting thousands of commuters.
The state-of-the-art entrance will provide a direct link to the city’s growing south bank area – saving passengers up to an hour of travelling time each week.
Up to one fifth of the station’s 100,000 daily users are expected to benefit from the entrance, which also aims to ease congestion at the existing tickets gates.
The train station is the UK’s second busiest outside London and has seen rising demand for a southern entrance with the development of major office spaces in the area such as Bridgewater Place, ASDA’s UK headquarters, Holbeck Urban Village and Leeds Dock.
The £20m scheme is a joint project between West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council, the Department for Transport and Network Rail.
Around £12.4m of funding was secured from the Department for Transport for the scheme, as well as additional funding from West Yorkshire’s Local Transport Plan, Network Rail and Leeds City Council.
Once built, the Southern Entrance will be owned and managed by Network Rail.
As well as the new Southern Entrance, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its partners are working on several new rail stations in the region.
The new rail station at Apperley Bridge opened in December 2015 and the new Kirkstall Forge station is expected to open later this year.
The work is part of a £15.9m Rail Growth Package.
A new £10.8m rail station at Low Moor in Bradford is also expected to open later this year.