Big plans for Leeds rail station

A MAJOR development project is set to transform Leeds railway station - and Network Rail is looking for a partner to help it get under way.

Network Rail wants a partner to undertake a commercial development on a 5.4 acre site next to the station at Princes Square.

It will provide a new commercial office development as well as additional long-stay car parking, better short-stay provision and drop-off facilities at the station.

Network Rail has launched its search for a partner by placing a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union asking for companies to register an interest to undertake the development of the site which currently offers 906 car parking spaces.

All proposals must include the addition of 350 extra parking spaces for the station within a multi-storey development, as well as enhancements to the station entrance, in return for commercial development opportunities.

But partners need to get a move on as they have to respond by June 13. The schemes shortlisted will then be invited to offer a more detailed scheme plan.

Network Rail hopes that the development partner will be chosen in the Autumn and the new multi-storey car park delivered by Spring 2014.

Network Rail's director of property, David Biggs, said: "By working in partnership with a commercial developer we can deliver much needed improvements to the car parking and station facilities at Leeds station in a cost-effective way.

"The end result of this development partnership will be enhanced station facilities for passengers, more car parking spaces for Leeds and a new commercial office development in the heart of the city."

The initiative was welcomed by the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Goldstone, head of corporate relations, said: "Leeds Station is a key gateway and for many investors, tourists and business travellers it is the first impression they get of our city. With passenger numbers having doubled since the last major investment in the station this much needed development will complement existing facilities and create further opportunities to connect the station into surrounding regeneration schemes."


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