Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin and Cllr James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council, have jointly penned a letter to the Prime Minister, imploring him to guarantee the protection of land surrounding Leeds Station.

Sources indicate that a decision to release the land may be imminent, potentially preceding a crucial study on rail connectivity between the Midlands, Yorkshire, and the North East.

Leeds Station, already operating at full capacity, stands to benefit from the available land to the south, offering expansion possibilities that could catalyze economic growth throughout West Yorkshire and enhance reliability across the Northern rail network.

Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin said; “Failing to expand the capacity at Leeds Station would hold West Yorkshire and the North’s economy back for decades to come.

“We’re an economic powerhouse desperate to grow further – I’m calling on the Government to sit down and work with us to find a solution.

“Don’t force us to fight with one hand tied behind our back as we seek to create a better-connected North.”

Cllr James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council, said; “The value of our city’s station to our economy as well as that of Yorkshire and the North cannot be overstated, and yet we are already approaching capacity.

“We must protect the limited opportunities we have to ensure the station and railway infrastructure in central Leeds can continue to grow in order to meet ever-increasing passenger demand and not become a bottleneck for other significant new schemes such as the welcome new station for Bradford and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

“It is vital that safeguarding restrictions on land around the station are extended until the current study is completed, to help ensure that opportunities to better connect our city with the wider region and the rest of the country are not lost through short-sighted decision making.”