New Apperley Bridge railway station will bring boost to city when it opens next year

Bradford MP David Ward at the site of the new Apperley Bridge Station

Bradford MP David Ward at the site of the new Apperley Bridge Station

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A new rail station for Bradford commuters will open next summer, potentially bringing economic growth and jobs to the city.

Yesterday, the Department for Transport announced it was ploughing £9.5 million into building two new stations on the Bradford to Leeds line.

The funding means work can finally start on Apperley Bridge station in July and is expected to be completed by August 2015.

It will initially have two services an hour and a park-and-ride service between Bradford, Leeds, Yeadon and Guiseley. It could reduce the number of local road journeys by around 200,000 a year.

The grant also signals full approval of the scheme, which has delighted politicians who have been pushing for the development for many years.

Leader of Bradford Council, Councillor David Green said: “It is great news that a new station at Apperley Bridge has been given final approval. It will form a major link in the district’s transport chain and support our efforts to improve transport infrastructure and investment opportunities in the district.”

The other new station will be built at Kirkstall Forge and is part of a development including around 1,000 new homes for the area.

The new stations make up the £16 million Leeds Rail Growth scheme. The remainder of the cost will be met by £5 million from Commercial Estates Group – the developers of a major housing development in Kirkstall Forge – and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee.

A train station opened in Apperley Bridge in 1846, but was closed because of the Beeching Axe in 1965. Plans to re-open it were first announced in 1999, although years of delays followed. In 2010, planning permission for the station and a 300-space car park was granted by Bradford Council.

Bradford East MP David Ward (Lib Dem) has been calling for a station in the area since before he was in Parliament.

“The new station will be a major regeneration project for the local area and provide new transport links for the wider community. They will unlock growth and help create many hundreds of new jobs.

“This £9.5 million investment is good news in Bradford, providing the infrastructure to bring in new jobs and new opportunities. We need to be promoting even more projects in Bradford such as this to ensure that we improve the infrastructure in Bradford to drive further economic growth and promote future job prospects,” he said.

“These projects have come about because of relentless pressure.”

Coun Val Slater (Labour), the council’s cabinet member for transport, added: “It will aid some proposed developments on that side of Bradford that depend on these stations being up and running.”

NEW LOW MOOR STATION UPDATE

Plans for another new station, at Low Moor, were approved by Bradford Council planners earlier this month.

The £10.5 million Network Rail project, on the Caldervale line at New Works Road, is expected to open next year.

Now that planning permission has been granted, the scheme is currently going through Network Rail’s Governance for Railway Investment Projects process, which is how the group controls major projects.

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12:53pm Thu 29 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Got to be more good news for Bradford. Seems like this station will be up and running just before Westfield Broadway Shopping centre opens in December 2015 giving shoppers fromNorth East Bradford including Rawdon, Yeadon and Guiseley the chance to park up and take the train into Forster Square and a short walk to Westfield. Hopefully Low Moor Station will also be nearing completion giving shoppers from South Bradford including Cleckheaton the chance to park their cars and let the train take the strain on their short journey into Bradford city centre.

What's happened to the new rail sevices promised for Bradford Interchange with new destinations to Chester, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport?
Got to be more good news for Bradford. Seems like this station will be up and running just before Westfield Broadway Shopping centre opens in December 2015 giving shoppers fromNorth East Bradford including Rawdon, Yeadon and Guiseley the chance to park up and take the train into Forster Square and a short walk to Westfield. Hopefully Low Moor Station will also be nearing completion giving shoppers from South Bradford including Cleckheaton the chance to park their cars and let the train take the strain on their short journey into Bradford city centre. What's happened to the new rail sevices promised for Bradford Interchange with new destinations to Chester, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport? bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Thu 29 May 14

David Shaw says...

I get on at Shipley where the trains at peak times are already full. I don't see how adding an extra station on the line afterwards is going to be beneficial. More trains on the line would be better
I get on at Shipley where the trains at peak times are already full. I don't see how adding an extra station on the line afterwards is going to be beneficial. More trains on the line would be better David Shaw
  • Score: 5

6:01pm Thu 29 May 14

bradmat says...

Another waste of money. There cant be enough demand for that area or there would be a bus route up there.
Another waste of money. There cant be enough demand for that area or there would be a bus route up there. bradmat
  • Score: -6

8:09pm Thu 29 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

Got to be more good news for Bradford. Seems like this station will be up and running just before Westfield Broadway Shopping centre opens in December 2015 giving shoppers fromNorth East Bradford including Rawdon, Yeadon and Guiseley the chance to park up and take the train into Forster Square and a short walk to Westfield. Hopefully Low Moor Station will also be nearing completion giving shoppers from South Bradford including Cleckheaton the chance to park their cars and let the train take the strain on their short journey into Bradford city centre.

What's happened to the new rail sevices promised for Bradford Interchange with new destinations to Chester, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport?
Got to be more good news for Bradford. Seems like this station will be up and running just before Westfield Broadway Shopping centre opens in December 2015 giving shoppers fromNorth East Bradford including Rawdon, Yeadon and Guiseley the chance to park up and take the train into Forster Square and a short walk to Westfield. Hopefully Low Moor Station will also be nearing completion giving shoppers from South Bradford including Cleckheaton the chance to park their cars and let the train take the strain on their short journey into Bradford city centre. What's happened to the new rail sevices promised for Bradford Interchange with new destinations to Chester, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport? bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

9:55pm Thu 29 May 14

imi-r6 says...

Instead of people going into Bradford they will be heading in the opposite direction to Leeds for the work and the shopping.
Instead of people going into Bradford they will be heading in the opposite direction to Leeds for the work and the shopping. imi-r6
  • Score: 4

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