Final designs released for revamp of Leicester railway station

Leicester City Council has unveiled the final designs for the revamp of Leicester’s railway station.

The project, backed by £17.6m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, aims to improve the station’s facilities and create a more inviting gateway into the city.

Led by Leicester City Council in collaboration with Network Rail and East Midlands Railway (EMR), the redevelopment will include relocating the station’s main entrance from London Road to Station Street.

It will also facilitate the creation of a new pedestrianised public plaza, replacing the former traffic-congested area.

Preparations are underway for the demolition of 48a London Road, adjacent to the station, to make space for the redevelopment.

The demolition is set to be completed by late summer.

Pick-up and drop-off points, including for hackney cabs, will be relocated to a new area off Fox Street, near the revamped entrance.

The existing covered entrance hall will undergo a complete transformation to accommodate cafes, bars, or retail spaces under its glass roof.

Improved accessibility will be a key feature of the redevelopment, with a new curved ramp, steps, and lift leading to the main concourse ticket hall.

The hall will also undergo remodelling to include wider ticket barriers and more space for passengers and bike storage will be available underneath the new entrance ramp.

Will Rogers, managing director for East Midlands Railway said: “We’re excited to work alongside Leicester City Council and Network Rail to significantly improve the facilities for our customers.

“The investment will see the iconic Leicester railway station restored to its Victorian glory. The development will transform Leicester railway station, as the gateway to the city, by encouraging integration with the surrounding community and offering an improved customer experience to all station visitors.”

The council aims to select a primary development partner by this summer, after a tendering process.

Construction is slated to commence shortly after the contractor’s appointment.