Leeds, (United Kingdom)

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About the station

Leeds is the busiest station in Northern England, so it’s a constantly hectic space that’s arguably too small for the number of people and trains which now use it.

To accommodate all the trains which depart from the station, many of its 17 platforms (tracks) been subdivided into up to four sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ with many trains only using these specific parts of each platform.
Also each of these specific platforms (tracks) usually has multiple departures per hour.

So when taking a train from Leeds, you will usually have to pay close attention to which specific platform (track) your train will be leaving from, 9A is not the same as 9D etc.


The part of the station which the trains use is also in three distinct parts – all of which can be accessed by using the same ticket gate line, which separates the main station building from the platforms (tracks).

Platforms (tracks) 1 -6:

This part of the station is a terminus so it’s on the same level as the main concourse – though platforms 3 and 4 are more distant from the ticket gates.
The 'C' sections of these platforms are nearest to the concourse, but the A sections are furthest from the ticket gates.

This part of the station is usually used by these five Northern train services:
(1) to/from Bradford including trains which continue beyond Bradford to Chester and Manchester via Hebden Bridge and Halifax.
(2) the Wharfedale trains to/from Ilkley
(3) the Airedale line trains to/from Skipton via Keighley for the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and Saltaire for Saltaire Mills
(4) the Harrogate Line trains
(5) the trains to Carlisle on the spectacular route via Hellifield and Settle
(6) the trains to Lancaster via Hellifield and Carnforth

Platforms (tracks) 7 and 8:

Platform 8 is right by the ticket gate line and is beside the main concourse - and platform 7 is at its far end, so the access to and from the trains which use these platforms is step-free.

Platform 8 is usually used by the LNER trains to and from London.


Platforms (tracks) 9 -17:

The dominant feature of Leeds station is the huge bridge which connects these platforms to the ticket gate line, by the main concourse.
Both the concourse and each of these platforms (tracks) are connected to this bridge by escalators and lifts (elevators) - and there are also stairs available.

The long distance trains which use these platforms include:
(i) the Cross Country trains to multiple destinations including Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Edinburgh, Durham, Newcastle. Sheffield and York
(ii) the Trans Pennine Express trains to multiple destinations including Durham, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester (faster than the Northern trains), Newcastle, Scarborough and York.


Train Services from Leeds Summary:

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Destinations and routes:


(1) London King’s Cross via Peterborough
- the most frequent service between Leeds and London
(2) Aberdeen via Newcastle, Edinburgh and Dundee – 1 x train per day


(1) Glasgow  via York, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh
(2) Plymouth via Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter and Totness

Trans Pennine Express

(1) Hull
(2) Liverpool via Manchester Victoria
(3) Manchester Airport via Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly
(4) Redcar via Middlesbrough and York
(5) Edinburgh via Newcastle via York and Durham
(6) Scarborough via York


(1) Blackpool via Bradford, Halifax, Blackburn and Preston
(2) Carlisle via Skipton, Settle and Appleby
(3) Chester via Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale and Manchester Victoria
(4) Harrogate
(5) Ilkley
(6) Lincoln via Sheffield and Retford
(7) Morecambe via Skipton, Carnforth and Lancaster
(8) Nottingham via Sheffield and Chesterfield
(9) Skipton via Keighley

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