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Leeds

Creating more rail capacity, a world class gateway and economic opportunities for Yorkshire.

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'Phase 2b'
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Architect's concept for the new Leeds station and public area.
Architect's concept for the new Leeds Station and public area.

High speed trains and better regional connections

HS2 will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times. The new station at Leeds, the busiest in the North, will provide extra capacity for more local rail services. The capacity released by HS2 could also more than double evening peak seats from Leeds to Doncaster. HS2 could also see the amount of hourly services double between Leeds and eastern towns such as Newark, Grantham and Retford, with direct services to Norwich and Cambridge possible. HS2 will also provide the opportunity for more direct London services to places such as Bradford, Harrogate, and Selby.

HS2 Services 

Leeds to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 27 minutes
  • Sheffield, HS2 time 27 minutes, current time 40 minutes
  • Birmingham Interchange, HS2 time 46 minutes, current time 148 minutes.
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 49 minutes, current time 118 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 81 minutes, current time 131 minutes

Based on current indicative train service specification.
Final HS2 timetable subject to revision and consultation.

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HS2 is helping to attract significant investment to Leeds 

Over £500m of investment has been attracted to Leeds since HS2 was announced. Leeds City Region predicts their HS2 Growth Strategy will create around 40,000 additional jobs. That’s a £54 billion boost to the regional economy by 2050.

In particular, HS2 will support development around the South Bank in Leeds. The development will double the size of Leeds City Centre. It will provide over 35,000 jobs, over 8,000 new homes and educational facilities for over 10,000 students.  South Bank infrastructure proposals include a new city park and the transformation of the waterfront with shops and bars. The HS2 station itself will offer new retail and commercial space creating jobs in the city centre.

People crossing walkway over train platforms at Leeds Station.
People walking in public square on South Bank of Leeds Station.
Exterior view of Leeds Station main entrance with public square outside.
Architect's concepts for Leeds Station.

HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going.

The capacity released by HS2 could more than double evening peak seats from Leeds to Doncaster. HS2 could also see the amount of hourly services double between Leeds and eastern towns such as Newark, Grantham and Retford, with direct services to Norwich and Cambridge possible.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions.

Find our more about HS2 and zero-carbon Britain.

Over 7,000 jobs are already supported by HS2

Leeds City Region estimate that at least 20% of the workforce on HS2 will be from the city region with 5% of these workers having previously been unemployed. HS2 will employ 30,000 at the peak of construction.

Mobile phone displaying an app, being held by its user as they sit at a desk in front of a PC.
Sheffield-based 3Squared's technology is helping build HS2.

90 Yorkshire businesses have already worked on HS2

One of them is 3Squared based in Sheffield. It has been awarded a major contract working on Hs2, generating new jobs within the South Yorkshire region. The railway technology company works with one of HS2’s direct contractors, Skanska Costain STRABAG JV, who are delivering the tunnelling programme for the route between London Euston up to the M25. Find out more about the how this work has helped 3Squared to not only retain its workforce but expanded it.