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Leeds Rail Station - new southern entrance (LSSE)

The Leeds Station new Southern Entrance opened on 3 January 2016

January 2016


Construction of Leeds Station Southern Entrance, commonly referred to as LSSE, commenced in December 2013. The structure was opened on Sunday 3 January 2016.

Artist impression of LSSE

Leeds Station and the area

Leeds Station is the second busiest station outside London. It is owned and managed by Network Rail. The area to the south of the station has seen substantial growth and regeneration over the past 10 years. Major new office accommodation such as Bridgewater Place has been created, as well as new residential leisure facilities including the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.


The new developments have created demand for a new pedestrian entrance from the railway station linking directly with the new developments to the south of Leeds. Up to 20% of Leeds rail station passengers will benefit from the new entrance.

The Leeds Station Southern Entrance includes a new concourse on the extended western footbridge in the station over platform 15, 16 and 17 and provides customer information screens, ticket vending machines and automated ticket barriers. From the new upper concourse access to the south of Leeds is provided by stairs, escalators and lifts.  A new low level concourse at river level provides stepped and step-free access links to the east and west sides of the river, including to Granary Wharf, Little Neville Street and Neville Street.


LSSE is jointly promoted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Network Rail. The circa £20m scheme secured £12.4m from DfT as well as funding from West Yorkshire's Local Transport Plan, Network Rail and Leeds City Council. LSSE is owned by Network Rail.


An outline design (GRIP 4) was completed in May 2009 and Full Planning Permission was granted in May 2010.

In November 2012 the Leeds Railway Station (Southern Entrance) Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application held a Public Inquiry. The purpose of the Inquiry was to hear the case from the Promoters and Objectors to help inform the Secretary of State’s decision.  The Secretary of State for Transport published the Decision Notice approving the TWAO which gave WYCA and Network Rail (the Promoters) the necessary temporary and permanent powers to construct and operate LSSE in 2013.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding this project please email

You can also read the following:

- LSSE Newsletter and Meetings Archive 

- Frequently Asked Questions about LSSE

- LSSE Documents

- The Leeds Railway Station (Southern Entrance) Order

- LSSE Design Amendments 2013


And watch the video which shows construction from foundations to exterior cladding and public use.




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