Proposals for a new train station in Kirkstall and a further new train station at Apperley Bridge, are expected to be agreed upon shortly by Leeds City Council, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and the owners of the Kirkstall Forge site, GMV Twelve Limited. The plan is that the stations will open in August 2015.
The proposed Apperley Bridge station site is located off Apperley Lane (A658) and is ideally situated to serve the communities on the outskirts of Bradford, Apperley Bridge, Yeadon and Guiseley by car or bus and the near community on bicycle or foot. Apperley Bridge is packaged (as the Rail Growth Package) with the development of another new rail station at Kirkstall Forge Leeds.
The Kirkstall Forge train station forms part of a wider development to transform the area, creating a new riverside community with the construction of more than 1,000 new homes. The scheme is expected to create 2,400 jobs and attract around £400m of private sector investment into the area.
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy, said, “Kirkstall Forge is a unique and very special development that offers a rare opportunity to create a thriving new mixed-use community on a brown field site in a lovely historical setting not far from the city centre.”
GMV Twelve Limited are set to invest £5m in the design and construction of the train station, while the LEP and LCC will be spending around £10m to build a new access road from the A65 to the station. The scheme will cost a total of £15.97m.