Network Rail is preparing a major project to upgrade the track layout at Leeds station, which will allow smoother and more reliable services for passengers. In addition, and along with the new Platform Zero, the project will boost capacity and help to reduce the impact of disruption on the railway across the North.
The British rail infrastructure manager is completely remodelling the track layout between platforms 4 and 6, which will make it easier for more trains to enter and exit Yorkshire’s major transport hub.
“Re-positioning the tracks between platforms 4 to 6 might not sound exciting, but it’s an upgrade that will make journeys across the north more reliable and help us limit the impact of any unplanned disruption, Matt Rice, North and East Route Director for Network Rail said.
During the first stage of the project over the late May Bank Holiday, the teams will be installing new overhead line equipment, running new overhead wires and moving some of the signalling equipment.
For this work to be carried out safely, some of the platforms at Leeds station will be closed and the transport services will be replaced by buses while other rail passenger services will be reduced.
“The vital work taking place at Leeds station is key to future proofing Northern services and delivering more reliable and punctual journeys for our customers,” Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, explained.
Train services will resume on Bank Holiday Monday. On Tuesday 1 June, the multi storey car park, which has been closed during the construction of the new Platform Zero, is expected to reopen for passengers.
Further work to install new equipment will continue over the next few months. The main part of the project to lift the track between the two platforms and install the new, simpler layout will take place later in the year and early 2022.