Leeds High Speed Rail Station: the challenge of integrating old and new, Leeds

11 February, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:30

Discussing the challenges of putting a high speed station in a dense urban area.
Discussing the challenges of putting a high speed station in a dense urban area.

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Please note: this event is now fully booked.

Jon Clee (Project Development Director for Leeds Station, HS2 Ltd) and Liz Hunter (Transport Strategy Manager, Leeds City Council) will be discussing the challenge of integrating a High Speed rail station into a dense urban area.

High Speed 2 will be the largest single UK transport infrastructure project over the next two decades. Phase 2 will link the centre of Leeds with Birmingham in under one hour, and with London in just over 80 minutes. This step change in accessibility is expected to make the area around HS2 stations highly attractive, in turn leading to further private sector investment and job creation.

Yet, rail stations are vast structures, which can be difficult to integrate into dense urban areas. In order to make the most of the economic opportunity created by HS2 it is therefore essential to carefully consider station design, both in terms of location, integration with the surrounding urban fabric and with the wider transport network.

The various challenges presented by the new Leeds HS2 station have occupied Jon and Liz for much of the past couple of years. In this seminar, they will be telling us about latest developments and sharing their thoughts and experience about the design challenges which this project will face. Jon will focus on the siting of the new station and the process which led up to HS2 Ltd's recommendation to government at the end of November. Liz will focus on Leeds City Council's transport and urban regeneration plans for the surrounding city centre area, and in particular for Leeds Southbank.

Joint meeting with CIHT. Refreshments from 18.00.

Please note: this event is now fully booked.

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