How rail work will affect May Bank Holiday trains in West Leeds

new pudsey station
New Pudsey Station. Photo: Ian Kirk, used under Creative Commons licence

Rail users are being urged to check before they travel over the May Bank Holiday after Network Rail said track work on Leeds Station would lead to replacement bus services at stations in West Leeds.

Network Rail is completely remodelling the track layout between platforms 4 and 6, which will make it easier for more trains to enter and exit Yorkshire’s major transport hub.

They say the project will bring smoother, more reliable services, and along with the new Platform Zero, it will boost capacity.

During the first stage of the project over the late May Bank Holiday, teams will be installing new overhead line equipment, running new overhead wires – which power some trains – and moving some of the signalling equipment.

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Kirkstall Forge Station opened in June 2016

For this work to be carried out safely, some of the platforms at Leeds station will be closed and the following changes to services will be in place on Sunday 30 May:

  • Buses will replace trains between Leeds and Kirkstall Forge, where passengers can connect to trains to and from Ilkley and Bradford Forster Square
  • Trains between York and Blackpool North will not call at New Pudsey or Bradford Interchange
  • Northern trains to/from Manchester Victoria will start/end at Bradford Interchange, with bus replacement services between Leeds and Bradford Interchange
  • Bus replacements will run between Leeds and Horsforth, to connect with trains to and from Harrogate, Knaresborough and York. This will affect services at Burley Park Station.
  • Buses will replace trains between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate via Outwood, to connect with trains to and from Knottingley via Streethouse and Featherstone
  • A reduced service will run between Leeds and Skipton and trains will not call at Shipley. Buses will also replace trains between Carlisle and Appleby.
  • Trains to Morecambe, Settle and Carlisle will start/end at Skipton

Replacement buses will pick up and drop off on New Station Street. Passengers who need to travel are strongly advised to plan ahead and check their journey via National Rail Enquiries, with their train operator or by following #MayBHWorks on Twitter.

Bank holiday work is planned at Leeds Station.

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 30 May, therefore we’re asking passengers to plan ahead and check before travelling.”

Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, said:

“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.”

Train services will resume on Bank Holiday Monday. On Tuesday 1 June, the multi-storey car park,which has been closed during the construction of the new Platform Zero, is expected to re-open for passengers.

Further work to install new equipment will continue over the next few months. The main part of the project to lift the track between platforms 4 and 6 and install the new, simpler layout will take place later in the year and early 2022.


  1. They’ll have liaised with other agencies to ensure these replacement buses aren’t held up by all the temporary signals and single traffic lanes festooning the city centre and also in Burley and Kirkstall? They’ll all be removed for the duration surely? There’s no way this won’t be a co-ordinated plan? Or should I just assume they’re calling this whole thing ‘Operation Flying Pig’?


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