White Rose station delayed

The new White Rose station in South Leeds, which was due to open in “early 2024”, will not now open until later this year it has been confirmed.

Construction work on the new station was due to finish in 2023, with the station opening to passengers in early 2024. Once open, White Rose will replace Cottingley station, which lies half a mile further along the trans-Pennine route. Cottingley station will not close until White Rose is open.

A West Yorkshire Combined Authority spokesperson told the Yorkshire Evening Post:

“Work on the new, fully accessible White Rose Rail Station is now expected to continue until later this year.

“We have made significant progress on the project despite a number of challenges, which include managing building works next to a live railway line.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming passengers to the new rail station, which will improve transport links, connect people with jobs and opportunities, and boost economic regeneration.”

Works completed to date include the platforms, lift tower and two link bridges which were installed overnight over the course of two weekends in October. A 1,200-tonne crane was built on site, which had to be transported in sections and took a week to assemble with more than 25 lorry deliveries of components (see photo).

The new £26.5m station is being built by at White Rose Park by owners Munore K in partnership with Network Rail, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council and the Department for Transport.

 

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