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News that the station entrance could be on Station Street, with the main station frontage on London Road becoming retail/cafes. Very similar ideas to the abandoned 2001 ‘Business Quarter’ plans.

Leicester Mercury article from today (25/05/2018):
Leicester station could be 'spun around' to create space for bars, restaurants and shops

A new proposal could see the entrance moved off London Road

Leicester Railway Station (Image: Alex Hannam)
Leicester’s railway station could be ‘spun round’ to take its main entrance off London Road as part of a large scale plan to develop the surrounding area.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has set out a vision he says could transform and regenerate the streets around the city’s main transport hub.

He believes a safer and better pedestrian and vehicle access to the station could be provided from Station Street where the original 19th Century entrance was.

That, in turn, would release the passenger drop-off point and taxi rank for redevelopment as shops, bars and restaurants.

The mayor stressed the idea would be dependent on Network Rail, which is the station landowner.

However he said the idea had been part of recent discussions between the council, Network Rail and Midland Mainline.

He said: “It is clear that the current access into the station is not great.

“Vehicles have to go down Conduit Street then tortuously in. It will never be entirely satisfactory.

“A much better access could be created on the side, on Station Street and that would unlock the London Road frontage for retail redevelopment or something similar.

“It would be a major scheme costing some tens of millions of pounds but it has many potential benefits.”

Fox Street car park in Leicester (Image: Google)
Sir Peter also said there had also been talks about redeveloping part of the the 515-space station car park off Fox Street as offices.

He said: “That is the area of the city with the greatest potential because of the quality of the rail link down to St Pancras.

“A multi-storey car park or and underground car park could replace the lost spaces and would release a very significant development site with access to a mainline station.

“It is an opportunity that everyone is very enthusiastic about but for Network Rail it has never been the top priority.”

Train passenger Jack Millward, 25, who lives in the city centre, said: “I never actually knew the entrance to the station didn’t used to be off London Road.

“I do think you could get some nice shops and bars at the front of the station.

"It would become a bit of a destination rather than just a station – a bit like a mini- Birmingham New Street.”
See: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-station-could-spun-around-1604926
 

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mini birmingham new street? not kidding, it wud be tiny compared to new street station, it wud be more like victoria station in london, but nothing like it

gud idea tho, get rid of the ******* taxi bastards that try there best to run people over

soulsby hates taxis

they need a bus station next to the train station wiv national express coaches. For sum reason people get off at leicester train station then run across town wiv heavy bags to catch a natioanl express coach. thick C**t's, they shud have just got the train all the way
 

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and werent they going to build shops in that big wasted area at the front wen they last done up the station?

even cleethorpes rail station has a bar in it - leicester station is a joke at the minmute
 
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Great news (following on from onlythetruth’s post in the full developments thread), but as usual nothing in concrete:

From the Mercury today (29/06/2019):
How £100m proposal could radically change Leicester Railway Station

Government money is being sought for an ambitious scheme

The area around Leicester rail station could be totally transformed as part of a £100 million revamp of the area.

Leicester City Council is bidding for Government cash to turn a long-held ambition of ‘pivoting’ the London Road station into a reality.

Changing the focus of the station would create room for commercial development at the site as well as making the station easier for people to access.

Huge sums of money could be available to the council as part of Whitehall’s Transforming Cities fund.

Full details of a draft bid are yet to be revealed but key elements of the scheme are:

Moving the London Road entrance to the station to Station Street, where it was originally built by the Victorians.

Moving the pick up/drop off area and taxi rank from the porte cochere to the Station Street area opening up space for the development of a potential food court and shops.

Building a multi-storey car park on the current station car park freeing up the site for a large office and commercial development while maintaining the number of spaces.

Public realm improvements to make the station more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

Station Street next to the railway station.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the plan was in its early stages but the city council was working with Network Rail, which owns the station, and Abellio which has been awarded the new franchise to run trains on the Midland Mainline.

He said: “The area around Leicester station has enormous potential.

“We have been working closely with Network Rail and the operator and have been encouraged by Abellio’s enthusiasm for the changes we would like to see.

“We have amazing connectivity to London with journey times of just an hour.

“But I don’t think anyone would pretend the station works very well as it is.

“There is not enough room for the taxis and people hate driving in there to pick up and drop off.

“There is the prospect of turning the station round and making better use of the area vacated by the taxis.

“I think it’s fair to say the improvements made outside the main entrance a couple of years ago have not worked as anyone would have wished so there is the potential to make better use of that space.

“There is potential to have a quality office development on the station car park by turning surface level spaces in to multi-storey provision.”

He added: “It is early days and nobody is writing any cheques yet.

“It would require considerable Government funding, and we are looking at getting tens of millions of pounds, some council funding as well as investment from a third party.

“It is a scheme that we think stacks up in any case.”

The council’s director of planning transportation and economic development Andrew Smith told a council meeting details on Thursday.

He said: “Leicester Railway Station is a major transport hub – the number of passengers going through it each year at last count was about 5.4 million.

“That has grown significantly and it is set to grow further because of the natural growth in railway patronage but also because of the additional investment in rail – the schemes that improve East/West connectivity, HS2, improvements to the Midland Mainline – will bring additional passengers.

“The new franchisee has committed to to investing significant amounts of money to improve the station.

“We want to work alongside them to ensure the station has better integration as a transport hub – ensuring it connects well for bus passengers, for cyclists and walkers."
From: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/how-100m-plan-radically-change-3032538

I hope this comes into fruition. Plans have come and gone since 2001 - far too long a wait.
 

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Definitely get this done. But also - please - demolish Elizabeth House as part of the plans. The back-end of that dump shouldn't be the first thing people arriving at Leicester Station, should be subjected to.
Remember the outcry from the flats residents when previous plans were mooted (unless I’m mistaken).
 

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I do remember.

Also remember thinking that I'd rather have a nice gateway into the city, which may attract investement and increase pride in our surroundings, as well as be welcoming to visitors. Rather than worrying about a few residents living in an ugly building.

It is high time for a change.
 

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I do remember.

Also remember thinking that I'd rather have a nice gateway into the city, which may attract investement and increase pride in our surroundings, as well as be welcoming to visitors. Rather than worrying about a few residents living in an ugly building.

It is high time for a change.
Agreed!
 

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Excellent idea this plan. The station is currently too constricted on all sides. The ground floor car park currently takes up no much space for city. Hopefully there will be some nice office blocks developed next to or within the station building. Which can then kick start further office development
 

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This is all very well and good. It is right and proper we should create positive gateways into the city and Elizabeth House is a blot on the landscape but how about starting with a more mundane action such as cleaning the f’ing pavements. That would be a welcome start....
 

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This is all very well and good. It is right and proper we should create positive gateways into the city and Elizabeth House is a blot on the landscape but how about starting with a more mundane action such as cleaning the f’ing pavements. That would be a welcome start....
The pavement is the least of the issues. I walk through town daily and some of the 'characters' in the City Centre are a much greater concern. The religious chanters, the aggressive non-homeless beggars and the alcoholics, just to name a few, are a much greater problem than the pavement cleaning.

The council to be fair are regularly cleaning the pavements. The quality of the materials used however was very poor. They get cleaned one minute, then are spat on and stained the next.
 

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Really hoping this year brings forward plans for redevelopment around the station! Here is a birds-eye view of an idea I drew up quickly a while ago. If anyone else has ideas, I would love to see/hear.

https://ibb.co/KqW9h4f
Well you’re correct in there being proposals for a square/piazza type area to a new entrance facing towards town. Elizabeth House really needs to go as it’s literally blocking a key entrance/vista. I’d like to see a number of towers stepping-up from 20 to 25 to 30 storeys or higher!
 

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Remember these plans from 2010 (from the defunct Business Quarter thread):

New image from 'propertyweek.com' showing a substantial new tower (looks to be around 20 storeys tall) and new station entrance: :banana:



Extract from the article on the website (19th March 2010):


For the full article see: http://www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=39&storycode=3160351

Nice to see that the former Campbell Street station gate posts will be kept. :)
That station entrance would still do nicely!
 

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Noticed the following work going on on conduit street on what used to be an ugly surface car park. Anyone know what this development might be? (next door to the Dawn centre)

 
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