Upgrades beneath the track at Leeds station

Network Rail is continuing with work on a major project to upgrade the track layout at Leeds station to improve journeys for passengers.

The track between platforms 4 and 6 will be completely remodelled to bring smoother, more reliable journeys for passengers, boost capacity and reduce the impact of disruption on the railway across the North.

Engineers will carry out vital work to upgrade the signalling and install new overhead line equipment, so services can continue running safely and reliably in and out of the station once the new track is in place.

During the last two weekends in September, as well as the first two in October, teams will build a new chamber underneath the tracks at platforms 3 and 4. This will allow equipment to be installed to safely carry the new signalling cables underneath the railway. 

The project has been carefully planned to keep disruption for passengers to a minimum. Most of the work will take place overnight, over the four weekends, after the last service on the Saturday.

Some platforms will be closed on the Sunday mornings (19 September, 26 September, 3 October and 10 October) and replacement bus services will be in place until 12:00 to keep passengers moving.

“We’re preparing to improve the track layout at Leeds station, which will bring more reliable services for passengers travelling across the North, reducing the impact of unplanned disruption,” said Matt Rice, North and East Route Director for Network Rail.

“In this latest stage of work, we’re making more space for signalling upgrades so that cables can run underneath the tracks, as well as installing new overhead line equipment. We’ve planned the project to minimise disruption to services as much as possible, but some of it can only be done safely when some of the platforms are closed. Buses are running to keep passengers moving and we advise anyone travelling on the four upcoming Sundays to plan ahead and allow plenty of time.”

Over the next few months, work will take place to install more equipment, lift the track between platforms 4 and 6 and install the new, simpler track layout. The project is expected to be completed early 2022.

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