Leeds city station new entrance

What the Leeds Station southern entrance will look like

Leeds mainline station is getting an upgrade this year, a new south entrance. It will help the flow of passengers to the stations which is one of the busiest in the country outside of London. They anticipate that 20% of passengers will make use of this entrance.

See the progress here

Also due for completion later this year, the Leeds-Shipley line is getting two new stations. In reality, they are old stations from the Beeching report closures getting re-instated. For years it puzzled me why a train could go from Leeds to Shipley without stopping anywhere. A total waste of a train line which once down the Aire valley stops regularly at the outlying towns of Saltaire, Bingley, Keighley and Skipton.

The two stations will be at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge and include improvements to the surrounding roads. Details of the two new stations can be found in this document.

China yesterday opened a new 2000km long high speed train line connecting Beijing in the north with Guangzhou in the south. Not without it’s problems this line has already had a troubled beginning with a crash killing 40 and part of the line being washed away by a flood. Still it shows how progressive China is right now.

Chinese bullet train. Pic: South China Morning Post.

  • Related:

    Here is the BBC’s report on the world’s longest rail line.

    South China Morning Post’s article

  • Here in Hong Kong, on train platforms, there are markings suggesting to passengers where to stand to aid boarding and alighting. This is productive as passengers board and leave quicker meaning more services can be kept to the timetable.

    KCR train platform

    Passengers queuing for the KCR train

    On the MTR (underground) by the platform doors, indicators show passengers where to enter and exit:

    MTR platform markings

    Platform markings guiding passengers

    Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge are to get new stations. The process is a lengthy one, no work starting for 18 months after this proposal reported on WYMetro’s web site. This has been long overdue in my opinion. The first time I rode this train I couldn’t believe it didn’t stop anywhere in Leeds or Bradford until it reached Shipley, the next stop out of Leeds. That’s ten miles of built up areas with no stopping. Well, we have until late 2014 to look forward to a better service. Watch this space!

    Me and a friend went for a bike ride today. We went from North Leeds to Harrogate via Pool, Huby, Burn Bridge and Pannal. In Harrogate we got the train back. I made a few observations:

    GOOD 🙂

    • Northern Rail do a deal these days, two Adults get a discount return rail ticket which works out cheaper than two single tickets (£9).
    • Train had space for 4 bikes.


    BAD 🙁

    • A path alongside the A658 Harrogate Road made a nice cycle lane. Unfortunately it lasted up to a bus stop and then became a dirt track/quagmire.
    • Train was 3 minutes late (I know that is good for the UK).
    • The trains are every 2 hours! (Sunday) We were lucky that we got to the station with only 6 minutes to wait.