new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Leeds Station | by OliverN5
Back to photostream

Leeds Station

Leeds railway station is the mainline railway station serving the city centre of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is the busiest English station outside London, and the UK's second busiest station outside London, after Glasgow Central with a daily usage around 110,000.


The first version of the station materialised in 1938, when two stations (New and Wellington) were combined to form Leeds City Station. The third station, Central, was unaffected by the change. Part of Wellington station became a parcels depot. This project also saw the construction of the North Concourse and the Queens Hotel.


By the 1990s, the station's capacity was exceeded on a daily basis, and the 1967 design was deemed inadequate. Between 1999 and 2002, a major rebuilding project took place. This project saw the construction of additional approach tracks at the western end of the station, improving efficiency by separating trains travelling to or from different destinations and preventing them from having to cross each other's routes. The station was expanded from 12 to 17 platforms, with the construction of new platforms on the south side, and reopening of the now-disused parcels depot to passengers on the north side.

1 fave
Taken on March 2, 2009