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Project Pause on White Rose Railway Station: A Strategic Decision for Future Success

By White Rose Park March 2024

The collaborative team behind the much-anticipated White Rose Railway Station, a landmark project poised to significantly enhance economic development in South Leeds, has today announced a temporary pause in its construction. This decision comes in light of an unforeseen increase in project costs, prompting a thorough evaluation of future funding sources to ensure the project’s successful completion.

Despite this setback, the consortium of partners, including local West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Network Rail, Munroe K and Spencer Group, remain committed to finding a speedy solution to the present difficulties encountered and continue the progression of this critical infrastructure project. The White Rose Railway Station will not be just a transport hub; it is envisioned as a catalyst for regeneration, promising to unlock new education and employment opportunities, foster economic growth, and enhance connectivity within South Leeds and beyond.

Recognising the importance of this project to the local community and economy, all parties involved have agreed that taking the time to reassess financial strategies is a prudent step forward. This pause will allow for a comprehensive review of funding options to ensure the project is delivered on the most sustainable and cost-effective basis possible.

Originally due to open later this year, the project team is dedicated to minimising any delays, with the goal of resuming construction as swiftly as feasible. David Aspin, CEO of Munroe K commented “We understand the disappointment this news may bring, especially given the anticipation for the station’s opening. However, we firmly believe that taking this step now is in the best interest of ensuring the project’s long-term success and sustainability. Our focus remains on delivering a state-of-the-art railway station that will serve as a cornerstone for economic development in South Leeds.”

The consortium wishes to express its thanks to the local community for its ongoing support and understanding. The team is fully focused on navigating this challenge efficiently, with every effort being made to mitigate any impact on the project’s delivery schedule. Further updates on the project’s progress and timelines will be communicated as they become available.

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