Disruption to trains between Leeds, Harrogate and Knaresborough over Bank Holiday weekend

Major work is set to take place at Leeds railway station this weekend, causing disruption to services between the city and Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 1:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 1:54 pm

Network Rail has confirmed it will be completely remodelling the track layout between platforms 4 and 6 at Leeds station, which it says will make it easier for more trains to enter and exit Yorkshire’s major transport hub.

The first stage of the project will take place over the upcoming Bank Holiday, with teams installing new overhead line equipment, running new overhead wires - which power some trains - and moving some of the signalling equipment.

Disruption is planned for trains between Leeds, Harrogate and Knaresborough on Sunday,

It means some of the platforms at the station will be closed and bus replacements will run between Leeds and Horsforth, to connect with trains to and from Harrogate, Knaresborough and York, on Sunday, May 30.

Trains to Manchester Victoria, Bradford, Skipton and Wakefield will also be affected.

Replacement buses will pick up and drop off on New Station Street in Leeds.

Travellers are being urged to plan ahead and check their journeys with National Rail Enquiries.

Matt Rice, North and East Route Director for Network Rail said: “Re-positioning the tracks between platforms 4 to 6 might not sound exciting, but it’s an upgrade that will make journeys across the north more reliable and help us limit the impact of any unplanned disruption.

“While we try to carry out work so it doesn’t affect train services, we do need to close some of the platforms on Sunday, May 30, therefore we’re asking passengers to plan ahead and check before travelling.”

Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, added: “The vital work taking place at Leeds station is key to future proofing Northern services and delivering more reliable and punctual journeys for our customers.

“We are working closely with colleagues at Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum, but the scale of the work does mean several routes will be affected during the bank holiday work.

“I’d like to thank our customers in advance for their understanding and patience and call on them to plan journeys carefully, allow extra time for travel and check ahead before setting off.”

Train services will resume on Bank Holiday Monday.

On Tuesday, June 1, the multi-storey car park, which has been closed during the construction of the new Platform Zero, is expected to reopen for passengers.