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Low Moor station are one step closer with submission of planning application
The Bradford Passenger Consultative Committee will hear the latest news on a variety of rail, bus and cycling initiatives across the district during a meeting at Bradford City Hall on Monday.
In an update on Low Moor railway station, a report to the committee reveals a planning application for the scheme is due to be submitted later this year, with a view to the new station opening in December 2015.
The Telegraph & Argus has previously reported only one train an hour will be stopping at the station during its first three years because there are not enough spare diesel trains to run a full service, which will use the Caldervale Line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax.
A report says a working group has been investigating extra access and car parking to ‘future-proof’ the station and that the scheme will require the purchase of a ‘number of parcels of land’ around the site.
Members will also hear about a new ‘Bike and Go’ scheme, funded by the Department of Transport, which will run at Bradford Interchange and Shipley railway stations.
The bike-hire scheme, which aims to encourage rail travellers to cycle on from the station, will have a £10 annual subscription fee, with a daily £3.80 rental rate.
Bradford Interchange and Shipley, as well as Leeds, Hebden Bridge and Halifax, will start running schemes later this year.
Meanwhile, the report reveals a popular bus link between Otley and Leeds Bradford Airport is under threat because of “low” passenger numbers.
The 967 service currently connects the airport with Otley, Menston railway station and Pool-in-Wharfedale, but the committee will hear the bus could be withdrawn as the airport has told Metro it no longer wishes to support the route.
Metro has said it will work out a new timetable to keep Otley, Pool and Menston linked but Councillor and West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority board member Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) has concerns.
“Withdrawal will mean that Otley residents will have to use cars or taxis to go on holiday,” he said.
“This is very bad for the environment and will increase traffic congestion in the area.”
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