New train station to be built at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds

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The White Rose Centre will finally have its own rail station, almost a quarter of a century after the out-of-town shopping mall first opened.

Owner of the neighbouring White Rose Office Park Munroe K has confirmed Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for a new proposed station to “improve connectivity in the south of the city”.

But the development could spell the beginning of the end for nearby Cottingley station, as the developers suggest that having two rail stations situated in such close proximity may not be viable.

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An area of land between Churwell viaduct to the north and Walkers Bridge to the south has been earmarked for the development.

Artist's impression of the proposed station.Artist's impression of the proposed station.
Artist's impression of the proposed station.

The project is a partnership between Munroe K, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), Leeds City Council and Network Rail, and was first proposed in 2018.

The rail station project is an example of how private and public sector collaboration can speed up the delivery of large infrastructure projects in the north, creating environmental, economic and social benefits.

The company said it should give better access jobs to White Rose Office Park, White Rose Shopping Centre and Millshaw Industrial Estate – as well as improving connections for local residents travelling to Leeds City Centre.

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Plans also include upgrading nearby streets to provide well-lit, level and safe pedestrian routes.

However, it added work will take place to look at the future of Cottingley rail station, as it is unlikely that two stations so close together can be “fully sustained”.

A consultation on Cottingley station is expected to take place later this year. Early plans are understood to include an “on-demand bus service” for the community.

Speaking on the development, David Aspin, owner of Munroe K, said:

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“We are delighted that planning permission has been granted to build the railway station that will undoubtedly improve the transport connections both within south Leeds and the wider city.”

Coun Kim Groves, chair of WYCA’s Transport Committee, said: “This new station serving the White Rose Office Park will result in improved transport links across the area and will act as a catalyst for local regeneration and housing growth, economic activity and jobs in the surrounding area. It will help transform South Leeds and provide new opportunities for the communities of Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw and Morley.

“Rail stations play an important role in supporting the local economy, linking people to vital services and opportunities and achieving our environmental commitments.”