PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY LEEDS CITY COUNCIL, HS2 GROWTH PARTNERSHIP, WEST YORKSHIRE COMBINED AUTHORITY AND THE LEEDS CITY REGION ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP
More than 100,000 passengers a day pass through Leeds Station, making it the busiest in the north.
The station is also at the heart of Leeds city centre and the South Bank, Europe’s largest regeneration project and a leading destination for investing, living, learning and leisure.
Leeds City Council, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and HS2 Growth Partnership are part of a public-private collaboration, driving forward the transformation of the Leeds Station area – which will integrate HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade and Northern Rail into the Yorkshire Hub.
They came together today at MIPIM 2017 to host a joint event to showcase the investment opportunities at Leeds, with input from a panel of industry experts.
The event was focused on how the Yorkshire Hub (Leeds Station) will deliver growth through connectivity and the wider regeneration opportunities for the city region including the South Bank. The partnership is also warming up the market for the future procurement of a development partner(s) for the South Bank and other Leeds locations.
- Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council (Introduction)
- Jon Emery, Managing Director of Property, Europe, Lendlease (Chair)
- Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director, Gensler
- Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council
- Kersten England, Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
- Jamie Kerr, Managing Director, HS2 Growth Partnership
- Jon Kenny, Director, Commercial Estates Group
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“Leeds Station is the busiest station in the north, and a key piece of national infrastructure which is critical to the success of the Northern Powerhouse. There have been significant improvements to services and spaces in the station, with the new franchises bringing new trains and increased capacity – and we are keen to build on these improvements and increase the pace of change ready for the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
"We have an ambitious vision for Leeds Station, as a distinctive world-class transport hub welcoming visitors to Leeds; as a major catalyst for development and regeneration in the city centre and on South Bank; and as a driver of growth in the dynamic city and city region economy.
"This ambition is being made reality thanks to our strong partnership of civic, business and transport leaders. We are all firmly committed to delivering the same thing – a new Leeds Station which will be a gamechanger for us as a city and region and something for us all to be proud of.”
Jamie Kerr, Managing Director of HS2 Growth Partnership, said:
“The Leeds Station project is a strong example of a truly collaborative environment, where the public and private sectors are working in partnership – and where the public sector is driving forward integrated transport-led regeneration and growth for the region.
"HS2 is just the icing on the cake for this ambitious development pipeline at Leeds, for which the station will be a game-changer with a lasting impact on the city centre and wider region for years to come.
"Our event at MIPIM was a showcase for the work done to date and gave our industry peers a chance to find out more about the opportunities involved.”
Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council and Inward Investment Lead for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:
“Significant development is already underway or in the pipeline in Leeds City Region to ensure our growing £62.5 billion economy sees the greatest possible economic returns from HS2 and other major infrastructure investment.
“The public and private sectors are working together to maximise these growth opportunities, including putting in place a £1 billion-plus package of local transport investment to ensure that the whole City Region is HS2-ready. The landmark Leeds Station development, together with other transformational schemes such as Northern Powerhouse Rail, is set to boost Leeds City Region’s national and international connectivity further still and create even more exceptional investment opportunities.”
A world-renowned consortium, led by Atkins and made up of a group of leading global design, engineering and project management consultants, has been appointed to develop the masterplan which will guide the revamp of Leeds Station into a distinctive modern destination and fully integrated national transport hub.
The project is expected to create over 10,000 local jobs and will help Leeds Station to accommodate its anticipated growth in passenger numbers, which are expected to reach the same level as Gatwick Airport within the next five years and to more than double over the next 30 years. An updated station masterplan is likely to be completed by summer 2017.
Notes to editors
For further information please contact:
LCR/HS2 Growth Partnership
Hanna Smith, 020 7612 8499, email@example.com
Leeds City Council
Roger Boyde, 0113 378 9164, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
Ben Ormsby, 0113 348 1557, Ben.Ormsby@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
About the Yorkshire Hub
The redevelopment of Leeds Station will deliver a fully integrated national transport hub for Leeds. The bold ambition set out by Leeds City Council and partners is for Leeds station to become a key national landmark and transport interchange integrating HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade and Northern Rail proposals with the city’s South Bank regeneration and the City Square built environment. HS2 will be a pivotal regeneration and economic driver and asset for the city and region. The redevelopment of the station is expected to provide approximately 13,000 new jobs in Leeds.
The following stakeholders are involved in the redevelopment of Leeds Station: Leeds City Council, Department of Transport, Department for Communities and Local Government, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Network Rail, Transport of the North, Rail North, London and Continental Railways and HS2 Ltd.
About Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council is the second-largest local authority in England serving a population of around 776,000 people. One of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, Leeds is at the heart of the Leeds City Region working with a wide range of public, private and third sector partners. The council’s aim is for Leeds to become recognised as the Best City in the UK and as part of that ambition is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023. Visit www.leeds.gov.uk for more information.
About Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
The LEP is a private and public sector partnership, working to unlock the Leeds City Region's vast economic potential by enabling businesses and enterprise to thrive.
The trade and investment team of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is charged with driving jobs, growth and productivity across inward investment and trade in the city region.
Our Vision: To unlock the potential of the City Region, developing an economic powerhouse that creates jobs and prosperity
About the HS2 Growth Partnership
The HS2 Growth Partnership is a cross-Government initiative between HS2 and LCR to support the delivery of growth and regeneration around HS2 stations. Each station presents its own set of opportunities and challenges and the HS2 Growth Partnership is working with local partners (local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships) in line with their HS2 Growth Strategies, to bring forward development.