Plans for transparent roof at Leeds station

Photo: Network Rail.
Photo: Network Rail.

A transparent roof made from the fluorine-based co-polymer material ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) will replace the existing dark and tired wooden roof in the southern concourse of Leeds station.

ETFE, which has been used at Birmingham New Street, Carlisle Citadel, and Manchester Piccadilly stations, is much lighter than glass, offers greater light transmission and is shatterproof.

The announcement was made by Network Rail and the East Coast Main Line Railway Board – one of many boards established in 2017 for Network Rail to “to get closer to [its] customers” – as part of the masterplans for the country’s 12th busiest station.

The lightweight design is the first of several upgrades to be announced at Leeds station in the coming weeks.

Images of Leeds station released by Atkins, which is leading a consortium of Gensler, Bilfinger, GVA, Faithful + Gould, Albion Economics and BAM Construction for the planning and design work for the station.

A CGI of Leeds station released by Atkins, which is leading a consortium of Gensler, Bilfinger, GVA, Faithful + Gould, Albion Economics and BAM Construction for the planning and design work for the station.

Chair of the East Coast Main Line Railway Board Sir Gary Verity said: “Leeds Station is a main gateway into Yorkshire so it’s crucial people coming to visit the county are given a great first impression of the city of Leeds – now one of Europe’s most dynamic and vibrant cities.

“It was also important to the Board that passengers who use Leeds station everyday have a station they can be proud of.”

Construction of the new roof will begin in the coming weeks with scaffolding in the concourse to support a crash deck below the existing roof.

With a dedicated design and construction team in place, the project is scheduled to be completed in under a year.


Read more: Transforming Carlisle Citadel station through the use of ETFE


 

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Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.