Well yes if you are intending to travel at that time. Do trains serve Leeds throughout the early hours of the morning?
It might be in reaction to excessive antisocial behaviour, however I would have thought it would have been the platform area as opposed to the entire station.
Surely a single to somewhere like New Pudsy or headingly or a disgarded ticket thats not been gripped would get round this one?
Backward step indeed although I hope arriving pax awating taxis or having a cuppa somewhere still open wouldnt be turfed out if ticketed?
Most unfortunately, it can be something far more serious than anti-social behaviour to be guarded against in this day and age when international terrorism is something that knows no boundaries.
I know the recent incident at the Manchester United football ground was thankfully not a real device (it actually was made to look so by the private security group who were involved with the testing of the dog search and patrol teams at that ground). but a timed explosion from a device that had been planted hours earlier when large numbers are expected on that large railway station could be horrific if it occurred.
Then again, Leeds is a bit of a dump compared to Manchester Piccadilly so I can see why its experiencing more abuse.
What an utterly moronic statement, what does the facilities mean in contrast to this? I've seen just as many drunk unsociable people in Piccadilly as I've seen in Leeds, many London stations and other large stations all over the country.
Any ways from the horses mouth (a member of BTP) the reason behind this trial is to avert anti social behaviour and drunks. The issues with Leeds station is the large taxi rank outside which is one of the main routes home for people out on the town. As anyone that's actually travelled through Leeds station in the early hours you'll find a lot of people who are refused passage in taxis due to being too intoxicated, they thought it was acceptable to sleep it off in the station (and before anyone says drunks are present in all cities). This lead to other issues arising which homeless thinking it was ok to sleep on the concourse, theft from passed out revellers, and other issues arising to it. This was taking up too much time for the police in dealing with this so in the light of it all decided to shut the station.
Unfortunately it's a sad state of affairs when a minority spoil it for everyone but because of budgets it's simply to viable to operate it as once before. I believe also due to the surrounding area of Leeds station being BTPs "beat" and there being many busy latenight thoroughfares they also have to patrol these and couldn't give their full service to the concourse.
The last time i were in Leeds was probably 2005! Is ASBO really that "bad" in Leeds? All relative, I suppose
...Also the ticket barriers were closed, yet one staff member just let everyone through the disabled gate without checking tickets, which is a bit strange.