Creating a world class transport gateway for Leeds and economic opportunities for the city and the wider region.
- 'Phase 2b'
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In Leeds, HS2, and the prospect of fast east-west links through Northern Powerhouse Rail, provide a unique opportunity to reshape the South Bank area, creating a world class transport gateway for Leeds and economic opportunities for the city and the wider region. Leeds City Council are working closely with the public, private and third sectors to transform the area.
South Bank is one of Europe’s largest city centre regeneration initiatives which will double the size of Leeds City Centre. It is already a growing destination for business, learning and homes, with over 250 businesses located in the area and over 2,000 homes. Over £500million investment has been attracted in the last two years including Sky’s technology hub which opened earlier this year.
Over the next 30 years, South Bank is expected to provide 35,000 jobs across key sectors, including financial and professional, creative and digital.
It is planned to be a sustainable place to live, with 4000 homes for people of all ages, and be a leading destination for leisure, with distinctive and diverse public spaces that celebrate the waterfront and create a new city park.
Proposals would see Leeds station, already the busiest in the North of England, redeveloped into an integrated station for HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and local and regional services that fits with the vision for the expanded city centre. Leeds City Council are currently consulting on their plans for the South Bank and will report its conclusions in 2017.