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Transport in Leeds: An evolving infrastructure

A vibrant explosion of growth, investment and opportunity has rocketed through Leeds in recent years and continues to catapult the city region to greater heights. Whilst this can be put down to a range of factors, from the city’s rich cultural tapestry to its remarkable talent pool, it is underpinned by an evolving transport infrastructure that provides a strong base for growth.

Transport in Leeds is enabling the city region to become a hub for a wide range of business growth sectors, so we thought we’d take a look at the city’s transport infrastructure in a bit more depth in order to shine a light on just how much of an asset it is. 

 

Rail Innovation

 

Leeds station is the north’s busiest railway station and has over 31 million people using it every year. This staggering statistic is a testament to the entrepreneurial value seen in Leeds, but has also dictated that transport in Leeds must expand in order to provide visitors and commuters with the highest quality experience. 

As such, a new 204 metre railway platform, dubbed Platform Zero, is to be built that will cater for the ever-growing amount of train users. This major £161m project when coupled with the modernisation of the station entrance, a redesigned ticket barrier and refurbished toilet facilities, ensures Leeds Station will provide a warm welcome to all who come to the city. 

Here at 12 King Street, we are thrilled to be a mere two minute walk away from such an incredible railway station. 

Two new stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley bridge also opened in 2017, alongside a new two-platform station, based near the White Rose Shopping Centre, which is in the planning stages. 

The West Yorkshire Stations Improvement Fund will also see £38 million used in order to make all train stations in the city region accessible. All of this innovation, when combined with the huge opportunities that come with the introduction of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, is a wonderful indication of the strength of the infrastructure and transport in Leeds. 

 

Cycle Network 

 

In an age where climate change is at the forefront of the global conscience, Connecting Leeds, which is a part of Leeds City Council, have laid out ambitious plans to create a healthy, sustainable and eco-friendly city for everyone to enjoy. 

Alongside West Yorkshire Combined Authority, they are dedicated to increasing annual cycling trips by 300% by 2027. This is aligned with Leeds City Council’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, and has culminated in an extensive cycle network being implemented around the city. These shifts not only aid the city’s goal of becoming carbon neutral, but highlight their commitment to the wellbeing of individuals across Leeds, in providing them with healthy lifestyle opportunities. 

12 King Street is primed to benefit from these brilliant schemes as our premium office space offers high quality, secure cycle store facilities, premium changing rooms and a direct route to Leeds’ most central cycle lanes. Due to these outstanding standards set in place, 12 King Street is Cycling Score Platinum Certified; a professional accreditation which scores the microbility friendliness of properties. 

And at a close proximity to the motorway, our tenants can be assured that whether they travel by train, foot, car or bike, they will have a pleasurable commute and start to the working day. 

 

Investment in the Future

 

Transport in Leeds plays into a wider vision of investment and growth that the city region pursues, that is transforming the perception of Leeds on a national and international scale. Whether it be Channel 4 moving its headquarters to Leeds or its 210,000 students that create an exciting talentpool for any business, Leeds is a city that is investing in its future at every turn. And here at 12 King Street, we are so excited to be part of that journey.

 

And that’s it 

 

If you want to take advantage of the brilliant infrastructure that Leeds has to offer and are contemplating relocating to Leeds, get in touch with our agents Knight Frank on 0113 246 1533 or Fox Lloyd Jones on 0113 243 1133. And for more information of the evolution of transport in Leeds follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for regular updates.