Public engagement on new White Rose rail station gets underway

Public engagement on plans to create two new rail stations in Leeds has started this week. Details of the proposals for new stations at White Rose and Thorpe Park as part of the Connecting Leeds programme to improve travel and transport in Leeds are now open for public feedback.

Artist’s impression of the proposed station at White Rose

The proposals would see new stations created to improve access to two of the major existing employment and leisure areas of the city, with expected future growth, investment and new housing resulting in rising demand for better connectivity. The Thorpe Park proposal also includes park and ride facilities to Leeds city centre, helping to reduce congestion by taking traffic out of the city centre and improving air quality.

The proposals have been put forward by Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, working closely with rail industry, Rail North, the Leeds transport advisory panel and other local stakeholders.

To see the proposals and give comments and feedback go to www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk. As part of the engagement which runs until Friday 27 July there will also be a series of a drop-in events starting next week (Tuesday 10 July) where the plans will be on show and representatives from Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be available to answer questions.

Connecting Leeds is the programme of unprecedented investment in transport and travel in Leeds and to the wider Leeds City Region, focusing on investing in infrastructure and service improvements to all aspects of the transport network. It aims to encourage greater use of public transport through new and more efficient bus, rail, park and ride, cycling and walking services and facilities which will also delivered improved air quality levels in Leeds.

Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said:

“These two new station proposals are part of our exciting Connecting Leeds vision for improved transport in the city which features significant investment in major new infrastructure. These stations are planned to meet the needs of people travelling to and from two areas of employment growth in the city at Thorpe Park and White Rose.

“While there is already large-scale employment at the White Rose shopping centre and the neighbouring office park, this is likely to grow further now that Millshaw has a new owner. The White Rose station will complement the transport offer in the area which already has a park and ride at Elland Road and where cycling infrastructure is due to grow with longer-term ambitions for the City Connect Superhighway in the future.

“We know thousands of people would make use of these stations so it is important as many people as possible take part in this engagement process so we can get it right to deliver the maximum benefit for all.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:

“Working in partnership with Leeds we have already delivered major projects including the rail station at Kirkstall Forge and park-and-ride schemes at Temple Green and Elland Road, helping reduce congestion and connect people to opportunities.

“We now look forward to hearing what people have to say about the plans for these two stations which could play a crucial role in helping people across the Leeds City Region access jobs, education and services.”

Details of the public engagement events for the White Rose station are as follows:

Monday 2 July – Friday 27 July 9am-5pm

  • Unstaffed exhibition at White Rose Office Park Reception, Building 3, Munroe K, Millshaw Park Lane, Leeds, LS11 0DL

Tuesday 10 July  5–8pm

  • Hillside Enterprise Centre, Beeston Road, Beeston LS11 8ND

Wednesday 11 July  4-7pm

  • Cottingley Primary Academy, Dulverton Grove, Cottingley LS11 0HU

Wednesday 18 July  4–7pm

  • White Rose Shopping Centre, drop-in near the food court

Wednesday 25 July  4–7pm

  • ‘The Hub’, White Rose Office Park, Building 3, Millshaw Park Lane, Leeds LS11 0DL

 

 

 

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I've lived in Beeston in South Leeds since 1984 and I love the area. I am involved in various community activities including Beeston Festival. I have been involved with the South Leeds Life Group since it started in 2010.

2 Comments on "Public engagement on new White Rose rail station gets underway"

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  1. T robertshaw says:

    I think this is a great idea could do with another bus depo there two for coastlines etc zip

  2. Heather phillips says:

    Will it actually happen though. This has been kicking about since 1990 when BT Mobile was enticed to Leeds at the then Arlington centre next door. It was then promoted in 1997 when the WRC opened. Now 21 years later they raise the idea again, maybe I’m being pessimistic but still won’t believe it until it’s built.

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