Leeds Central Station provides links to all the major cities of England. With an annual throughput of 24 million passengers, it’s the fourth busiest railway station in the kingdom after London, Glasgow and Birmingham. Boasting well-developed infrastructure with plenty of restaurants, cafes and affordable serviced apartments Leeds tourism industry is booming, and the demand in a more capacious railway station is growing naturally.
The first railway station in Leeds was built in 1834, but in just 6 years it was expanded and renamed to Wellington; the central station saw the light in 1854.
In 1938 there a massive reorganization took place and both stations were merged into one. In 1962 the old building was demolished and a new project by John Paulson was implemented. Immediately after, the building experienced harsh criticism for ‘absolutely awkward design’. In 1999 and 2002 a number of redevelopment projects have been carried out aimed at the elimination of design flaws and expansion of the station’s capacity.
During this time several entrances to the platforms have been created, plus the number of platforms has been increased from 15 to 17, plus the metal roof was replaced with the glass one. In 2008 a series of innovations has been implanted in the checking system: the automated process contributed to a significant reduction in central station load. However, according to the forecast for 2029, the number of passengers is expected to experience a 63% increase, so the management is thinking over the ways for another reconstruction to meet the demands. There is a good number of hotels in Leeds near the railway station, which makes the area even more attractive for tourists.