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Stations For The Future: Is Connectivity Key?

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As rail infrastructure improvements roll out across the country, Quadrant Transport looks at how delivering a new £26.5m station in South Leeds will improve connectivity between cities. 

Rail specialists Spencer Group have started construction works to deliver the new station. The new White Rose Railway Station will be a two-platform station, offering better access to the adjacent White Rose office park, shopping centre and bus interchange.

Better connections between different modes of transport, in this case, rail and bus, hope to improve passenger experience around the city and ease traffic congestion. 

The new station will be located on the main TransPennine route to Manchester via Huddersfield, situated between Morley and Cottingley. Enhancing connectivity within other cities is seen as necessary as intercity connectivity. 

We must provide the infrastructure to encourage modal shift

Ensuring modal shift is at the forefront of all rail developments moving forward, the scheme includes improved walking and cycling routes between Cottingley, Churwell and Millshaw and the White Rose Shopping Centre and the bus interchange.

Spencer Group is delivering the project for Munroe K in conjunction with Network Rail, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council and the Department for Transport.

Our in-house design capability enables us to work closely with our client – Munroe K, Network Rail and other stakeholders to ensure consideration is given at an early stage to all critical aspects that may impede performance. This ensures we deliver on time and to budget

Funding through the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund, the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme and £5 million from the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund, alongside contributions from Munroe K, highlights the UK’s commitment to improving public transport. 

Post pandemic collaboration is setting new benchmarks

Collaboration is also at the heart of the rail industry as we head towards CP7. Proving the commitment to public and private sector collaboration, Spencer Group has worked with Munroe K, Network Rail and all stakeholders on the project through an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) period. 

Speaking in an interview, Joe Bennett, Operations Director at Spencer Group, said: “The White Rose Station project is another example where we successfully developed proposals working with Network Rail on a critical part of the UK’s rail infrastructure to meet our client’s expectations.

Charlie Spencer OBE, Executive Chairman at Spencer Group, said: “It’s brilliant to see the positive engagement we’ve had on the project between ourselves, Munroe K, Network Rail and all stakeholders involved.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the hard work our team has made over the last year become a reality as construction begins on such a prestigious local project.”

Construction work is expected to continue into early 2023. Find out more information about the new station at https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/white-rose/.