Leeds Station Christmas disruption: Second busy train line to close

The final plans for trains through Leeds Station over the Christmas period have been announced by Network Rail and Northern today.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 1:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 1:49 pm

As announced last month, five platforms will be closed at Leeds Station on December 27, 28 and 29.

There will be no direct services between Leeds and Harrogate and a bus replacement service will run from Leeds to Horsforth over the three days.

Network Rail and Northern have announced today that passengers travelling between Leeds and Bradford will need to use Bradford Interchange, as there will be no direct services to Forster Square on December 27, 28 and 29.

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Fiveplatforms will be closed at Leeds Stationon December 27, 28 and 29

Passengers at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge are advised to use the Skipton to Leeds service instead.

Trains from Hull to Halifax will start and terminate at Leeds and services between Leeds and Halifax will also be reduced, with three services running per hour instead of four.

As usual, there will also be no trains in and out of Leeds on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Why is there disruption at Leeds Station over the Christmas period?

Platforms one to five will be closed over three days to allow work to continue on building the new platform zero at Leeds Station.

Engineers will test new signalling equipment, make changes to the track layout and install new overhead line equipment.

Matt Rice, route director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “The work we are carrying out over Christmas is hugely important and will keep plans to transform Leeds station well on track.

“Losing capacity at five platforms in the station means this is a significant piece of work. We’ve worked really hard with our partners at Northern to keep disruption to an absolute minimum, and maintain the maximum possible services into Leeds while the upgrade is underway.

“We know this work will cause some inconvenience and we’re really sorry for anyone whose journey is affected. Ultimately, this work will bring a more reliable and resilient railway for the 30million plus passengers who use Leeds station every year.”