It’s ‘all systems go’ at railway site as bridge arrives for Low Moor railway station

New Low Moor station plans are right on track as trucks roll on to site

A footbridge is put in place at the new Low Moor station site

A footbridge is put in place at the new Low Moor station site

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The site of a long-awaited rail station in Bradford is seeing a flurry of activity.

Site cabins, heavy machinery and structures are at Low Moor, where an £8.9 million station is set to open in 2015.

Network Rail is replacing an old footbridge, but recent bad weather has hit schedules.

A spokesman said: “We are replacing a ‘life-expired’ footbridge with a new structure.

“The old one was removed, then there was a slight delay to the programme because of weather conditions. Work is planned to restart this weekend and complete in mid-March.”

Ward Councillor David Robinson (Ind, Wyke) said: “It’s all systems go for the station now.”

The scheme has been on the agenda since 2000. Last October, residents heard that the last major obstacle – concerning track curvature – was being solved.

It had been feared that straightening the track to meet safe train-to-platform stepping distances could prove too costly.

But a Network Rail study said the distances could be achieved with ‘very minor adjustments’.

Metro, which is working with Network Rail on the project, aims to submit a formal planning application for the station to Bradford Council ‘in the very near future’.

An initial one-train-per-hour service is planned, but it is hoped extra trains can be provided at peak periods.

Coun Robinson said the only remaining issue to be dealt with is around land which is needed for the scheme. “The firm which owns the land has gone into administration,” he said. “We are trying to acquire the land from administrators, but, if necessary, there will be a compulsory purchase order.

“The residents can’t wait for this to come to fruition. We don’t have a station yet, but there is already a Friends of Low Moor Station group!”

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7:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

A Bridge is on site!!!!!!! whoopy do. A bridge like that could be installed and used within a day, whats going on again Bradford?
A Bridge is on site!!!!!!! whoopy do. A bridge like that could be installed and used within a day, whats going on again Bradford? alive and awake
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7:10pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mad matt says...

It's only a replacement for the bridge that is already there.
It's only a replacement for the bridge that is already there. mad matt
  • Score: -1

8:58pm Sun 23 Feb 14

JohnHanslipJnr says...

That bridge, which I visited today in its new location it's half a mile away up the tracks (near Bowling Tunnel) from the proposed Low Moor Station site. So it has nothing to do with the new station, at all.
That bridge, which I visited today in its new location it's half a mile away up the tracks (near Bowling Tunnel) from the proposed Low Moor Station site. So it has nothing to do with the new station, at all. JohnHanslipJnr
  • Score: 7

9:20pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Rhinoman says...

T & A getting the hot news again .(and probably wrong again) . Dont worry JohnHanslipJnr they are probably still getting over the elation of their breaking news stories of the starting of Westfield . Give them a bit of space ,they need it .
T & A getting the hot news again .(and probably wrong again) . Dont worry JohnHanslipJnr they are probably still getting over the elation of their breaking news stories of the starting of Westfield . Give them a bit of space ,they need it . Rhinoman
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Apollo says...

There will never be a new station that is why. Sheer pipedream.
There will never be a new station that is why. Sheer pipedream. Apollo
  • Score: 1

7:56pm Tue 25 Feb 14

graham hopkinson says...

2 Decisions in one year. i am impressed, if you didn't know better you would think we have a functional council.
2 Decisions in one year. i am impressed, if you didn't know better you would think we have a functional council. graham hopkinson
  • Score: 1

8:56am Wed 26 Feb 14

JohnHanslipJnr says...

We do know better.
We do know better. JohnHanslipJnr
  • Score: 0

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