Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today visited the construction site of Apperley Bridge railway station.

And Mr McLoughlin revealed that part of that scheme should involve an increase in rolling stock to match the expected future demand.

The new station by the entrance to Yorkshire Water's Esholt treatment works will have 298 parking spaces and is due to be functioning by next August as part of a £16 million spend on improving local rail services.

"Railways are part of our overall transport solution and this will lead to fewer people taking their cars, which means less congestion and better connections to Leeds and Bradford," Mr McLoughlin said.

"Once the need for increased capacity is established I hope there will be more trains on it, there will be lot of rolling stock becoming available in near future."

Bradford East MP David Ward and Bradford Council's Liberal Democrat leader Jeanette Sunderland joined the site visit. They said they had campaigned for the new station over the past 20 years.

"Although it was all about getting funding, there was also a lot of negotiating to be done with local people," Mr Ward *(Lib Dem) said.

"The trains will be full when they reach Apperley Bridge and so what we need is more of them," added Cllr Sunderland.