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WATCH: Leeds on track for £1bn railway investment

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Plans are being drawn up to make Leeds Station a “world class gateway” as the city gears up to accommodate HS2 and HS3. 

Leeds City Council is looking at a move to install extra platforms, new concourse areas and extra retail space at the station.

The city is set to benefit from projects including HS2, HS3, Network Rail’s Great North Rail project and the TransPennine route upgrade.

Around £1bn local transport investment is expected over the next 10 years.

Leeds City Council’s chief officer for economy and regeneration Tom Bridges told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The intention is to create a long-term blueprint for a world class gateway, which will bring together the new HS2 platforms, HS3, new capacity as a result of the TransPennine upgrade and new concourse areas to create a world class hub.

“The intention is to enable people to move through and under the station easily and pleasantly even if they are not catching the train.”

Meanwhile, Leeds is also set to get a boost from the £350m South Bank regeneration project.

The scheme – to be sited in Holbeck to the south of city centre – would see the construction of 255,000 sq ft of office, residential and commercial space, including a 40-storey tower, across four adjacent sites totalling 2.4 ha in size.

Construction News also reported today that three listed buildings in the city are set for redevelopment after being sold by the city council.

The grade II-listed Leonardo, Thoresby and Great George Street buildings were sold to London-based Idé Real Estate, which has revealed plans to fully redevelop them.

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