YEP Says: Full steam ahead for a dramatic Leeds railway station

An image of how the area around the station could look.

An image of how the area around the station could look.

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on the day that the Flying Scotsman delighted trainspotters in Leeds, there was more good news coming down the tracks.

Leeds Railway Station is in for a revamp. But not just any old revamp.

Now the masterminds behind the acclaimed King’s Cross redevelopment in London have been tasked with redesigning Leeds Station – and not before a time. For a prestige city with global ambitions, the main concourse could not be more uninviting.

Stations are not just transport hubs. They’re now visitor destinations, whether it be the magnificent architecture of King’s Cross or the retail malls at the revamped Birmingham New Street pulling in the crowds.

Let’s hope the designers come up with plan which puts Leeds on the map in more ways than one – while making sure that their plan maximises the number of services that stop at the station each day. This once-in-a-generation opportunity needs to be grasped so the city’s resurgence does not hit the buffers because of a lack of ambition.

The news came as Flying Scotsman rolled into Leeds returning from the East Lancashire heritage railway at Castleton to York via Settle, Skipton, Keighley, Leeds and Castleford – a journey which included a crossing of the dramatic Ribblehead Viaduct en route to its home at York.

The timing couldn’t have been better.

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