Apperley Bridge facility given planning permission

Councillor Michael Ellis (second left) and John Eyles (third from right), major developments manager for Bradford Council, with other councillors and officers inspecting the station area and access roads

Councillor Michael Ellis (second left) and John Eyles (third from right), major developments manager for Bradford Council, with other councillors and officers inspecting the station area and access roads

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Plans for a new railway station at Apperley Bridge have been approved by Bradford Council.

Subject to final approval by the Government, the station will be built to the south of Little Park.

The regulatory and appeals committee approved the plans after a visit to the site today.

Committee chairman Councillor Michael Ellis said: “At the end of the day I can only concur with colleagues that officers have come up with the best solution.”

Bradford Councillor Chris Greaves, who is deputy chairman of transport group Metro, said: “I am very pleased that it’s gone through.

“I have been getting any number of complaints from people who cannot get into Leeds because of the dreadful queues on the A65 and the Shipley to Leeds road. When this is up and running it will give a viable alternative and take a lot of cars off the road.”

The plans, which include a 300-space car park with an access road to the south and south west of Little Park, have provoked opposition from residents who believe a more suitable alternative site could be found to the north of the proposed station.

Keith Miller, of the Apperley Bridge Station Action Group, said: “We are obviously very disappointed. I came away from (the meeting) still feeling they hadn’t addressed any of the points we put forward. We are trying to continue the fight.”

Objections to the plans were also raised at the meeting by Councillor David Ward (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley) and a spokesman for Bradford North MP Terry Rooney.

The planning permission will be subject to conditions including the provision of parking permits for residents of Little Park.

Government approval is needed because the car park will be in the green belt and is a departure from the Unitary Development Plan.

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6:47am Thu 4 Mar 10

webess says...

Good news.

I just hope the car park isn't run by the council, or it'll cost a fortune and you'll be ticketed if you sneeze..
Good news. I just hope the car park isn't run by the council, or it'll cost a fortune and you'll be ticketed if you sneeze.. webess
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7:28am Thu 4 Mar 10

Joedavid says...

Will it be served by a bus route?
Also a better bus service than the airport.
Will it be served by a bus route? Also a better bus service than the airport. Joedavid
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8:41am Thu 4 Mar 10

DCarbz says...

About 20 years too late and unless Northern Rail runs a service that doesnt stop at Shipley all the trains will be full when they arrive. Unless of course someone has done their homework and knows how many 'users' at Shipley are from the Idle/Greengates/Appe
rley Bridge/Rawdon area. I wonder?
About 20 years too late and unless Northern Rail runs a service that doesnt stop at Shipley all the trains will be full when they arrive. Unless of course someone has done their homework and knows how many 'users' at Shipley are from the Idle/Greengates/Appe rley Bridge/Rawdon area. I wonder? DCarbz
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9:56am Thu 4 Mar 10

Bone_idle18 says...

Depends which train you get from ~
Shipley, when I used to commute to Leeds the foster Square to Leeds train was generally ok, the Skipton to Leeds Train for always creaking at the seams!

No idea if this has changed though, it was 6 years ago!
Depends which train you get from ~ Shipley, when I used to commute to Leeds the foster Square to Leeds train was generally ok, the Skipton to Leeds Train for always creaking at the seams! No idea if this has changed though, it was 6 years ago! Bone_idle18
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9:57am Thu 4 Mar 10

Ginsoakedboy says...

Any trains from Skipton to Leeds between 7am and 9am would not be able to pick up any passengers at a new station - they are dangerously full already. Ditto trains coming back between 5 and 6pm.
Any trains from Skipton to Leeds between 7am and 9am would not be able to pick up any passengers at a new station - they are dangerously full already. Ditto trains coming back between 5 and 6pm. Ginsoakedboy
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10:08am Thu 4 Mar 10

Joedavid says...

Ginsoakedboy wrote:
Any trains from Skipton to Leeds between 7am and 9am would not be able to pick up any passengers at a new station - they are dangerously full already. Ditto trains coming back between 5 and 6pm.
Would no one get off to go to Airport or go into Bradford?
A linking bus or taxi service from there to airport I think would be good, but do the planners think these things trough.
[quote][p][bold]Ginsoakedboy[/bold] wrote: Any trains from Skipton to Leeds between 7am and 9am would not be able to pick up any passengers at a new station - they are dangerously full already. Ditto trains coming back between 5 and 6pm.[/p][/quote]Would no one get off to go to Airport or go into Bradford? A linking bus or taxi service from there to airport I think would be good, but do the planners think these things trough. Joedavid
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10:10am Thu 4 Mar 10

Ginsoakedboy says...

Joedavid wrote:
Ginsoakedboy wrote: Any trains from Skipton to Leeds between 7am and 9am would not be able to pick up any passengers at a new station - they are dangerously full already. Ditto trains coming back between 5 and 6pm.
Would no one get off to go to Airport or go into Bradford? A linking bus or taxi service from there to airport I think would be good, but do the planners think these things trough.
I doubt it. The vast majority of people are commuting to Leeds, and anyone going to Bradford would change at Shipley I think.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginsoakedboy[/bold] wrote: Any trains from Skipton to Leeds between 7am and 9am would not be able to pick up any passengers at a new station - they are dangerously full already. Ditto trains coming back between 5 and 6pm.[/p][/quote]Would no one get off to go to Airport or go into Bradford? A linking bus or taxi service from there to airport I think would be good, but do the planners think these things trough.[/p][/quote]I doubt it. The vast majority of people are commuting to Leeds, and anyone going to Bradford would change at Shipley I think. Ginsoakedboy
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10:42am Thu 4 Mar 10

bcfc1903 says...

You can't make this stuff up ,the council seem more interested in cutting congestion on the roads to Leeds than getting the Low Moor station open and cutting congestion into Bradford.Bradford Council truly are hopeless and in my opinion are no lovers of the City.Bradford needs cross rail and the removal of most of the present councillors who are stabbing the City in the back..how much longer has Bradford got to put up with these Council jokers.
You can't make this stuff up ,the council seem more interested in cutting congestion on the roads to Leeds than getting the Low Moor station open and cutting congestion into Bradford.Bradford Council truly are hopeless and in my opinion are no lovers of the City.Bradford needs cross rail and the removal of most of the present councillors who are stabbing the City in the back..how much longer has Bradford got to put up with these Council jokers. bcfc1903
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2:25pm Thu 4 Mar 10

paul64 says...

DCarbz wrote:
About 20 years too late and unless Northern Rail runs a service that doesnt stop at Shipley all the trains will be full when they arrive. Unless of course someone has done their homework and knows how many 'users' at Shipley are from the Idle/Greengates/Appe rley Bridge/Rawdon area. I wonder?
The original plans drawn up when the new station proposals were drawn up was thus.

Skipton - Leeds trains would NOT stop at Apperley bridge.

Bradford - Leeds services would.

It was also planned to use class 321 units on the Bradford - Leeds run and not the present 333 class. Now the original proposals were good because it utillised the option of longer trains. Longer trains mean longer platforms, and with the exception of Frizinghall longer trains would be a relatively easy option since Forster square has two huge platforms and so does Shipley (plat 3) So far so good.

Where this could fall flat on it's face is that now the government seems to be renegading on it's promise to provide the 150 new sets it promised to Northern rail. Once again us in the north are the sacrificial lambs to the South east.
[quote][p][bold]DCarbz[/bold] wrote: About 20 years too late and unless Northern Rail runs a service that doesnt stop at Shipley all the trains will be full when they arrive. Unless of course someone has done their homework and knows how many 'users' at Shipley are from the Idle/Greengates/Appe rley Bridge/Rawdon area. I wonder?[/p][/quote]The original plans drawn up when the new station proposals were drawn up was thus. Skipton - Leeds trains would NOT stop at Apperley bridge. Bradford - Leeds services would. It was also planned to use class 321 units on the Bradford - Leeds run and not the present 333 class. Now the original proposals were good because it utillised the option of longer trains. Longer trains mean longer platforms, and with the exception of Frizinghall longer trains would be a relatively easy option since Forster square has two huge platforms and so does Shipley (plat 3) So far so good. Where this could fall flat on it's face is that now the government seems to be renegading on it's promise to provide the 150 new sets it promised to Northern rail. Once again us in the north are the sacrificial lambs to the South east. paul64
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12:34pm Thu 18 Mar 10

enviroMENTAL says...

It's got to be a good thing, but there aren't enough carriages on trains between Skipton and Leeds especially with all the new housing planned up the Aire Valley.
It's got to be a good thing, but there aren't enough carriages on trains between Skipton and Leeds especially with all the new housing planned up the Aire Valley. enviroMENTAL
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