New picture shows Leeds Station platform zero as hundreds of workers give up Christmas to finish £161m job

Hundreds of workers have given up their Christmases with their families to complete a major £161million investment to build a new platform at Leeds station.

Saturday, 26th December 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th December 2020, 5:34 pm

A new image shared by Network Rail shows what the new platform looks like, with the final touches set to be made tomorrow morning (Sunday).

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The new platform, which was begun in 2018, is a key upgrade which will boost reliability, allow trains to enter and exit the station more easily and mean more punctual journeys for passengers.

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Over the final two-and-a-half days of work, final work to the overhead lines, track and signalling systems will take place, as well as rigorous testing to make sure the platform is ready for train services.

While the platform won't come into full use until the May 2021 timetable change, it will be available for trains to use during times of disruption, helping to minimise delays for passengers.

Adedayo Phillips is a project manager for Network Rail and has worked for the organisation for six years.

He has been working on this project over the festive period.

Platform Zero almost complete at Leeds Station.

He said: “I’ve worked a fair few Christmases since I joined Network Rail, however, this one is really exciting as it’s the final piece of the puzzle on a project which has been ongoing for the last two years.

“I’ll be out on site with my colleagues over the festive period, and my role will be to monitor and report on progress of this scheme, as well as others elsewhere in the region. This is an important job and will help to make sure that the project completes on time.

“I live in West Yorkshire myself, so I know first-hand the benefits which this project will bring, and I look forward to passengers reaping the benefits of a more modern and reliable railway, which will improve their journeys.”

There are no timetabled services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day on this part of the railway, so the work will not impact on services.

Network Rail project manager Adedayo Phillips.