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Railway station for Low Moor moves 'ever closer'
A long-awaited railway station for Low Moor has moved “ever increasingly closer”, a meeting in Bradford heard last night.
Bradford Council’s environment and waste overview and scrutiny committee was told that one of the last major obstacles to the project – issues with track curvature – was close to being removed.
It had been feared that work to straighten the track at Low Moor, in order to comply with the independent Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB)’s regulations for safe platform-to-train stepping distances, would render the project too costly.
However, a study by Network Rail concluded that with a “very minor adjustment to the detailed platform location” the safe stepping distances could be achieved, despite being on “sub-standard curves”.
The RSSB’s infrastructure standards committee approved the deviation plan, subject to some further undisclosed information, and Metro and Network Rail are now confidently waiting for final approval.
Additionally, the meeting heard that Metro was pushing Northern Rail to provide extra local services in peak periods to supplement the initial one-train-per-hour provision that is already planned.
Councillors also heard that a site had been identified as “most appropriate” for further car parking at the proposed station. That site is south of the railway tracks, between the end of Dealburn Road and Cleckheaton Road.
Council officers delivering the report said they were “looking at how we can buy the site”, adding: “The report is good news. There has been positive progress in a short amount of time.
“We are moving ever increasingly closer to delivering the station.”
Wyke councillors Sarah Ferriby (Lab) and David Robinson (Ind) welcomed the “good news” about the station, but raised concerns about funding after a bid to the Government’s New Stations Fund (NSF) was rejected.
The scheme has £5.5million set aside for it, but had bid to NSF for an extra £2.5million.
Officers said other funding streams were being pursued and added that money would be saved because there was no need to remove “gas pipes or straighten tracks” – which was initially seen as a costly stumbling block.
The station, which has been mooted since 2000, is due to open in December 2015.
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