The report discusses how building a new station isn’t feasible and therefore, 4 new separate ideas of how to address the relevant issues are presented. The report concludes with the argument that High Speed Two (HS2) platforms reaching directly into the existing station and approaching from the south, creating a common concourse between services, is the now favoured option.
In February 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer asked David Higgins to prepare this interim report, looking specifically at the future of the HS2 station in Leeds. After continued engagement with Leeds City Council, local authorities across West Yorkshire, the Leeds City Region LEP, the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, and Network Rail, a clear consensus around a single preferred option emerged.
This interim report was submitted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Transport to consider, as a recommendation from HS2 Ltd.