Leeds Central railway station

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Leeds Central
Leeds Central Station geograph-2334667-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Leeds Central Station in 1961.
Place Leeds
Area City of Leeds
Coordinates 53°47′45″N 1°33′17″W / 53.795785°N 1.554704°W / 53.795785; -1.554704Coordinates: 53°47′45″N 1°33′17″W / 53.795785°N 1.554704°W / 53.795785; -1.554704
Grid reference SE294333
Original company London and North Western Railway
Pre-grouping L&NWR, L&YR, GNR, NER
Platforms 8
18 September 1854 Opened
1 May 1967[1] Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Leeds Central railway station was a terminus railway station in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was opened in 1854 as a joint station between the London and North Western Railway, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, the Great Northern Railway and the North Eastern Railway. It replaced the cramped LNW terminus at Wellington Street, which had opened in 1848 with the line to Dewsbury. It closed in 1967, when its services were moved to Leeds City to consolidate all of Leeds train services in one station.

Railway Clearing House diagram of Leeds in 1913

The station was not architecturally distinguished and was built above street level. The site is now a retail park which in turn is to be redeveloped into offices. Part of the Leeds Central station site had also since become a Royal Mail sorting office that is latterly being redeveloped into the West Central residential development and Lumiere, a 170-metre (560 ft) high skyscraper. A goods lift and a viaduct that approached the station remain extant.

The last train left from Leeds Central on 29 April 1967. This was a Saturday and as there was no Sunday service, the station closed on 1 May 1967. The last train was an early evening service to Harrogate filled by the usual Birmingham RC&W DMU. Detonators were placed on the track by Railway staff which exploded as the train rolled away from the platform and past the signal box on its final departure.[2]


  1. ^ Burgess, Neil (2014). The lost railways of Yorkshire's West Riding - The central section. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 56. ISBN 9781840336573. 
  2. ^ Bairstow, Martin (1999). "The end of Leeds Central". Great Northern railway in the West Riding. [S.l.]: Bairstow. p. 9. ISBN 1-871944-19-8.