Redeveloping Leeds City Station could create 10,000 jobs

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Redeveloping Leeds City Station could create 10,000 new jobs and council chiefs have pledged people in Leeds will benefit from this employment boost.

The ambitious plans to overhaul the station will see a complete transformation of the city centre.

The YEP revealed earlier this year that prominent figures in Leeds joined forces to press for the case for a single station.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “This major project will not only transform the station into a landmark gateway to welcome visitors and business travellers in the city and region, but will be transformative in terms of new jobs, skills, regeneration, and business opportunities.

“Redeveloping the station in Leeds alone will create 10,000 new jobs and we are determined that people in the city benefit from these opportunities.”

Coun Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority transport committee chairman, added: “Integrating the HS2 station with our existing station will provide a seamless interchange between high speed and classic rail services – and importantly, will allow through trains to enhance services to the city region and beyond.”

Earlier this year Chancellor George Osborne asked HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins to review the original plan for high speed services to stop at a new station, known as New Lane, on land near Asda House. Publishing his report today, Sir David said: “We all recognise the huge contribution this infrastructure investment can make in helping to rebalance our economy.”