Bradford Low Moor station gets planners approval

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of Low Moor station An artist's impression of Low Moor station

A long-awaited railway station at Low Moor, Bradford, moved a step closer yesterday when planning permission was granted.

The £10.5 million station on the Caldervale line between Bradford and Halifax is on course to open next year.

It will be built off New Works Road, Low Moor, with a link to the Spen Valley Greenway cycle route. The plan submitted by Network Rail also includes 123 car parking spaces, eight spaces for disabled drivers and ten spots for cycles.

Bradford Council, transport authority Metro and Northern Rail have all supported the scheme.

Dave Stevens, chairman of the Friends of Low Moor Railway Station, said: “We are absolutely delighted. I know there were more than 100 letters of support from local people – and not just from Low Moor but from Wibsey, Cleckheaton, Odsal, Wyke, Oakenshaw, all round south Bradford. It really will make a huge difference.

“It has been a long wait.”

The Council’s transport boss Councillor Val Slater also welcomed the news, but said the next task was campaigning for the line to be electrified to boost capacity.

Coun Slater said they also needed to secure some parcels of land before Network Rail could start work.

She said: “It will make quite a difference to the people of south Bradford. Initially, it’s only going to be one train an hour, but that is a start.

“We now have to push forward trying to bring forward the electrification of the Caldervale line. We are getting some encouraging signals from Network Rail and the Department for Transport, so that would give us the capacity to do more than one train an hour.”

Councillor James Lewis, chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority transport committee, described the decision as “excellent news”.

He said: “We can now press ahead and remain on schedule for an opening date to coincide with the introduction of the new rail timetable in December 2015.”

The planning application attracted 109 letters of support and only one objection.

British Transport Police said while it did not object to the scheme, it wanted to see a safe and secure car park built, with height restriction barriers installed to prevent it from “becoming an unauthorised overnight truck stop”.

Planning officer Malcolm Joy said these issues raised were “not insurmountable”.

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1:34pm Tue 13 May 14

basil fawlty says...

Wow at last! This saga has lasted longer than Westfield did. Based on history I expect that this will conclude the transport investment in Bradford for at least the next 10 years.
Wow at last! This saga has lasted longer than Westfield did. Based on history I expect that this will conclude the transport investment in Bradford for at least the next 10 years. basil fawlty
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2:16pm Tue 13 May 14

Apollo says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Wow at last! This saga has lasted longer than Westfield did. Based on history I expect that this will conclude the transport investment in Bradford for at least the next 10 years.
It still has to happen yet and there is plenty of time for it to never happen.

I still consider it a Jackanory story. Wait until the actual cost estimate doubles to £20m and then watch them all run away.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Wow at last! This saga has lasted longer than Westfield did. Based on history I expect that this will conclude the transport investment in Bradford for at least the next 10 years.[/p][/quote]It still has to happen yet and there is plenty of time for it to never happen. I still consider it a Jackanory story. Wait until the actual cost estimate doubles to £20m and then watch them all run away. Apollo
  • Score: 1

2:47pm Tue 13 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Good news, never thought it would actually get off the ground. I'm sure there will be plenty of customers using this new Low Moor station when built. Still waiting for the direct trains to Manchester Airport, Liverpool Lime Street and Chester promised to be run out of Bradford Interchange a couple of years ago. It really is a shocking that so many words are said but little action follows.

Well done to the Low Moor residents for keeping on pushing for the station, great job!!!!!
Good news, never thought it would actually get off the ground. I'm sure there will be plenty of customers using this new Low Moor station when built. Still waiting for the direct trains to Manchester Airport, Liverpool Lime Street and Chester promised to be run out of Bradford Interchange a couple of years ago. It really is a shocking that so many words are said but little action follows. Well done to the Low Moor residents for keeping on pushing for the station, great job!!!!! bcfc1903
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