New roof starts to emerge from behind the hoardings at Leeds Station.(Network Rail)

New roof starts to emerge from behind the hoardings at Leeds Station
The new ETFE roof is starting to emerge at Leeds Station .(Network Rail Image)

Passengers at Leeds have been given their first glimpse of the new station roof as construction hoardings start to come down.

Last weekend saw the crash deck panels removed on the project to replace the old, wooden roof with a new transparent one that will allow natural light into the south concourse.

And by the end of August, passengers’ patience will be rewarded as the scaffolding and protective hoardings that have stood for the past ten months are stripped back to reveal the new structure in its entirety.

The refurbished public toilets – which are now free to use – will reopen early next week, while the new automatic ticket gates, which is being repositioned into a straight line, will come into use in late-September. Work to part-pedestrianise New Station Street is also progressing well.

Mark Bloor, Programme Manager for Network Rail, said:

“Passengers have been extremely patient with us during the past ten months while we’ve been working away behind the hoardings, but I’m delighted that we’re now able to start revealing the new roof. In a few weeks the roof, the new ticket gates and New Station Street will all be complete and I ask that passengers continue to bear with us as we finish off this series of projects that are intended to breathe new life into Leeds station.”

Note:

The new roof and gateline are the first step towards the delivery of the transformational Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan (LISM) – a collaboration between the rail industry, Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The new roof is made of ETFE – Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene – a flourine based plastic.