Decision details

Transpennine Route Upgrade - Transport and Works Act Order

Reference: D56544

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval of the proposed response to the Network Rail Transport Works Act Order for the Leeds to Micklefield section of the Trans Pennine Route Upgrade anticipated June 2023.


The Director of City Development submitted a report summarising the progress made as a result of ongoing consultation with Network Rail regarding works proposed under the Transpennine Route Upgrade Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the East of Leeds. In addition to outlining the key consultation undertaken to date, the report also provided details of the works proposed in the TWAO and concerns identified. Finally, the report sought support for the Council’s proposed approach in response to the TWAO, and approval of the letter appended to the report which set out the Council’s current and substantive position.


In introducing the report, the Executive Member highlighted the key points within it and the significant implications arising from the proposed TWAO.


A Member made enquiries regarding the actions which were proposed to mitigate the disruption to those communities directly affected and also the wider area, and the processes for the associated communications strategy. In response, the significance of the wide ranging impact arising from this project was highlighted. As a result, the importance of the associated consultation process as referenced within the report together with the appended letter proposed to be submitted Network Rail were underlined, as the Council would look to use these processes to demonstrate its views and raise its concerns, with the aim of such matters being taken into consideration moving forward as part of the formal TWAO process.


A concern was raised on the proposals specifically affecting a public right of way in Micklefield.



(a)  That the proposed Transpennine Route Upgrade Transport and Works Act Order for the East of Leeds, be noted;


(b)  That the approach to respond to the TWAO under the Director of City Development’s delegation scheme within the statutory 42-day period, as detailed within the submitted report, be supported;


(c)  That the letter to the Programme Director of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, as detailed at Appendix B to the submitted report, which sets out the Council’s current and substantive position, be approved.


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: Burmantofts and Richmond Hill; Cross Gates and Whinmoor; Garforth and Swillington; Harewood; Hunslet and Riverside; Kippax and Methley; Little London and Woodhouse; Temple Newsam;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member Infrastructure and Climate

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Member briefings


Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate

Ward Members where Wards are impacted by the proposals

Contact: Angela Lawson, Executive Project Manager 01133785832.

Publication date: 29/06/2023

Date of decision: 21/06/2023

Decided at meeting: 21/06/2023 - Executive Board

Date comes into force if not called in: 01/07/2023

Call-in deadline date: 30/06/2023

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