Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP visited Leeds to mark the start of work a £17.3m project to create a new entrance to the south of Leeds Rail Station.
Mr McLoughlin met with officials and dignitaries to view the site of the new entrance, which will improve access for pedestrians and passengers.
Around 20,00 people are expected to use the entrance every day, with passenger numbers using the station to rise by 16 per cent this year and by 62 per cent by 2029.
The scheme has secured £12.4m from the Department for Transport as well as funding from West Yorkshire’s Local Transport Plan and Leeds City Council.
It is anticipated that approximately 20 per cent of passengers per day travelling into Leeds from across West Yorkshire and beyond will use the new southern entrance, relieving pressure on the existing entrance.
Mr McLoughlin said: “I am delighted to have had the chance to see how this iconic new station entrance will rejuvenate Leeds station, and support the continued regeneration of the southern quarter of the city.
“Leeds has great importance within our rail network as a gateway to the north. That is why it is crucial to our new high-speed rail link, which will improve connections for the entire region and boost the West Yorkshire economy to the tune of £1 billion a year.”