‘New rail station is on the right lines!’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of the new station An artist's impression of the new station

by Will Kilner City Centre Reporter These new images of a proposed railway station have gone on display at a public consultation event.

Residents have been invited to give their views on plans for a new rail station at Apperley Bridge, including a new access road off Apperley Lane leading to a 300-space car park.

The new stations at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge will have a combined cost of £16.74 million.

Staff at Metro and Network Rail answered the public’s questions during the first day of the consultation event yesterday. The event was set to continue today from 10am to 2pm at Woodhouse Grove School.

David Humphreys, headmaster of Woodhouse Grove, said “Not only will it substantially reduce car traffic and congestion on Harrogate Road at peak times but also on our school campus at drop off and pick up times.

“It will also make the school more accessible to staff and pupils who live further away in terms of commuting time and indeed reduce their transport costs considerably.”

Subject to approval, the station could open in 2012, with two trains per hour calling in each direction between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square.

Ramps leading down to the platforms will make the station fully accessible to disabled people, while CCTV surveillance and passenger help points will be introduced as security measures.

The proposed station forms part of plans to improve services between major centres in West Yorkshire and the wider City Region by tackling congestion and expanding capacity.

Bradford Councillor Chris Greaves, chairman of Metro, said: “Apperley Bridge, and its proposed sister station at Kirkstall Forge, will help reduce congestion on local roads by taking off commuter journeys between Leeds, Shipley and Bradford.

“And because electric trains – like the class 333 trains that pass through the site at the moment – will call at the station there will be reduced CO2 emissions too, which is good for everyone.

“I remember the original station when I was a pupil at Woodhouse Grove, and I’m pleased that Metro has the opportunity to bring it back.”

Warrick Dent, area general manager for Network Rail, said: “This is an incredibly busy route and this new station is a vital part of our plans to continue to grow and develop the railways in Yorkshire.”

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10:54pm Fri 15 May 09

clackett.lane says...

What about Low Moor, Bradford is always last to get anything. It is like the giant hole in the city centre, will the station ever get built?
What about Low Moor, Bradford is always last to get anything. It is like the giant hole in the city centre, will the station ever get built? clackett.lane
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11:35pm Fri 15 May 09

bwwb says...

£16.74m for 2 stations ???
For half that sum Asda will have built and stocked a supermarket in Keighley. Now call me a sceptic if you like but how can a single platform with a ramp cost as much as a 80,000sq ft superstore ?? How much of this is going to consultants or is it to pay the Transport Minister's expenses ?
£16.74m for 2 stations ??? For half that sum Asda will have built and stocked a supermarket in Keighley. Now call me a sceptic if you like but how can a single platform with a ramp cost as much as a 80,000sq ft superstore ?? How much of this is going to consultants or is it to pay the Transport Minister's expenses ? bwwb
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8:46am Sat 16 May 09

mad matt says...

LONG overdue, but what about the rest that need to be re-opened - Laisterdyke, Low Moor and Armley, Beeston, to name just a few.
LONG overdue, but what about the rest that need to be re-opened - Laisterdyke, Low Moor and Armley, Beeston, to name just a few. mad matt
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2:33pm Sat 16 May 09

amiedave says...

Yeah - and while we're at it, reopen the line between Bradford and Keighley . . . the one that went through Clayton, Queensbury, Thornton and Wilsden/Cullingworth
Yeah - and while we're at it, reopen the line between Bradford and Keighley . . . the one that went through Clayton, Queensbury, Thornton and Wilsden/Cullingworth amiedave
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3:51pm Sat 16 May 09

albion says...

amiedave wrote:
Yeah - and while we're at it, reopen the line between Bradford and Keighley . . . the one that went through Clayton, Queensbury, Thornton and Wilsden/Cullingworth
It doesnt exist anymore does it?
[quote][p][bold]amiedave[/bold] wrote: Yeah - and while we're at it, reopen the line between Bradford and Keighley . . . the one that went through Clayton, Queensbury, Thornton and Wilsden/Cullingworth[/p][/quote]It doesnt exist anymore does it? albion
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3:52pm Sat 16 May 09

albion says...

clackett.lane wrote:
What about Low Moor, Bradford is always last to get anything. It is like the giant hole in the city centre, will the station ever get built?
Isnt Apperley Bridge in Bradford?
[quote][p][bold]clackett.lane[/bold] wrote: What about Low Moor, Bradford is always last to get anything. It is like the giant hole in the city centre, will the station ever get built?[/p][/quote]Isnt Apperley Bridge in Bradford? albion
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10:56pm Sat 16 May 09

Mike Strutter says...

amiedave wrote:
Yeah - and while we're at it, reopen the line between Bradford and Keighley . . . the one that went through Clayton, Queensbury, Thornton and Wilsden/Cullingworth
Very difficult seen as most of it is a cycle path
[quote][p][bold]amiedave[/bold] wrote: Yeah - and while we're at it, reopen the line between Bradford and Keighley . . . the one that went through Clayton, Queensbury, Thornton and Wilsden/Cullingworth[/p][/quote]Very difficult seen as most of it is a cycle path Mike Strutter
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4:57pm Sun 17 May 09

Jayteebee says...

The theory of these new stations is excellent, but I cannot imagine they will be very impressed if these stations are built and everyone has to stand into and out of Leeds at peak times
The theory of these new stations is excellent, but I cannot imagine they will be very impressed if these stations are built and everyone has to stand into and out of Leeds at peak times Jayteebee
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