'Low Moor railway station plan is still on track'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 'Low Moor railway station plan is still on track' 'Low Moor railway station plan is still on track'

A new railway station is still on track to open next year, even though the authorities don’t yet own all the required land.

Bradford Council and transport authority Metro are working together on the station planned for Low Moor, which is scheduled to open in December, 2015. But they still need to buy two plots of land to accommodate the Halifax-bound platform on the south side of the railway line.

While one sale is now being finalised, a new Council report reveals the owner of the other plot has so far “declined to engage” with the authorities.

So they have a back-up plan – forcing the owner to sell them the land under a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

Before they go down that route, the Council and Metro have appointed land agents Lambert Smith Hamilton to try to negotiate a sale on the open market.

The report says landowner Kelvic has gone into receivership and the receiver, GVA Grimley, has put the land in question up for sale. Bradford Council’s executive member for planning and transport, Councillor Val Slater, said they had put an offer in and were waiting to see whether it would be accepted.

She said: “The rules are, we do have to make an offer before we go to compulsory purchase.

“We hope they accept our offer, but if not then we will go for compulsory purchase. We don’t want any more delays.”

The report says extra money has been set aside as part of the scheme, just in case the CPO is needed.

It says this would remove the risk of the project being delayed if the landowner were to “refuse to sell or attempt to ransom the scheme”.

A CPO is a legal power that allows certain bodies to obtain land or property without the consent of the owner.

It can be used if a proposed development is considered to be of benefit to the public, but a landowner won’t sell.

A planning application was submitted for the railway station last month. A decision is expected in 13 weeks. The report will be discussed by the Council’s Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee today.

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8:54am Tue 8 Apr 14

Apollo says...

Jackanory.
Jackanory. Apollo
  • Score: 1

10:44am Tue 8 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

I'm sure the final sale of land will be forced through, this station when built should certainly ease congestion on the South side of the city. I'm sure when Low Moor station is opened it will be a great success!!!!
I'm sure the final sale of land will be forced through, this station when built should certainly ease congestion on the South side of the city. I'm sure when Low Moor station is opened it will be a great success!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

12:56pm Tue 8 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

If this is up and running next year, I will travel on the first train strapped to the front naked!
If this is up and running next year, I will travel on the first train strapped to the front naked! alive and awake
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Tue 8 Apr 14

modman61 says...

Believe it when you see it.
Believe it when you see it. modman61
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

basil fawlty says...

I've just looked at the station plan on Metro's website and can now see one of the reasons why the station is so expensive and was nearly scrapped - the disabled access provisions. There is to be a new footbridge with numerous ramps for crossing the railway tracks rather than using the existing adjoining road bridge. I'm all in favour for providing disabled access for everyone where reasonably practical but the provisions shouldn't be allowed to potentially stop a new station being built here or anywhere else.
I've just looked at the station plan on Metro's website and can now see one of the reasons why the station is so expensive and was nearly scrapped - the disabled access provisions. There is to be a new footbridge with numerous ramps for crossing the railway tracks rather than using the existing adjoining road bridge. I'm all in favour for providing disabled access for everyone where reasonably practical but the provisions shouldn't be allowed to potentially stop a new station being built here or anywhere else. basil fawlty
  • Score: 5

12:12am Wed 9 Apr 14

bradmat says...

The station is a waste of money and not viable, un needed and will be under used
The station is a waste of money and not viable, un needed and will be under used bradmat
  • Score: -1

6:43am Wed 9 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

What a waste of tax payers money. Hardly going to provide jobs. You will have a good 5 minute walk to get out of the station. You will be soaked through to the skin when it rains.
What a waste of tax payers money. Hardly going to provide jobs. You will have a good 5 minute walk to get out of the station. You will be soaked through to the skin when it rains. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 1

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