Plans for a new railway station at Apperley Bridge have been submitted to Bradford Council.

The station, which lies between Leeds and Shipley, is part of a larger investment scheme by Metro to improve public transport in the area.

The plans, submitted by Network Rail and Metro – West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority – include two new platforms which would be linked by an existing bridge, access ramps, a 300-space car park and a new access road.

Metro’s plans for Apperley Bridge, a station at Kirkstall Forge, Leeds, and car park extensions in West Yorkshire have been identified as priorities by the Regional Transport Board with an estimated total scheme cost of £16.74 million.

Metro chairman, Councillor Ryk Downes, said: “New stations and more park-and-ride spaces will make the rail network more accessible and encourage more people to make business trips and commuter journeys by rail.

“An Apperley Bridge station will help reduce congestion on local roads by reducing commuter car journeys between Leeds, Shipley and Bradford.

“Electric trains like the class 333 trains that pass through the site at the moment will use the station, so there will be reduced CO2 emissions too, which is good for everyone.”

Each platform at the new station will be fully accessible by ramp. Secure cycle storage and CCTV will be provided.