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Thursday 14 May
Metro and Network Rail are inviting local residents to give
their views on plans for a proposed new rail station at Apperley
Staff from both organisations will be available to answer
questions at the Greenwood Building, Woodhouse Grove School,
Apperley Bridge on Friday 15 May between 2pm and 7pm, and on
Saturday 16 May between 10am and 2pm.
Plans for the new station include a new access road off Apperley
Lane leading to a 300-space car park, fully-accessible platforms
with both staircases and ramps, CCTV surveillance and passenger
'Help Points', passenger information displays and public address
system, secure cycle parking and modern waiting shelters.
Two trains per hour will call in each direction,
between Leeds, Shipley and Bradford Forster Square.
The proposed station is a key component of Metro's plans to
improve services between major centres in West Yorkshire and the
wider City Region, by tackling congestion along a key corridor,
expanding capacity across the network, improving access to work and
leisure opportunities and improving journey reliability.
Because the proposed station is on an electrified line, there
are also environmental benefits, as the potential for reduced
CO2 emissions from cars is not replaced by emissions
from diesel trains.
"New stations and more park-and-ride
facilities spaces will make the rail network more accessible and
encourage more people to make business trips and commuter journeys
by rail," said Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves.
"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
"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
Warrick Dent, area general manager for Network Rail, added:
"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
"Metro has been a driving force in securing the funding for the
station and we look forward to working with them to deliver the
station which will be a valuable addition to the rail network."
Headmaster of Woodhouse Grove, David Humphreys said "We are
delighted to lend our support to the proposed re-opening of the
railway station at Apperley Bridge. Not only will it substantially
reduce car traffic and congestion on the 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."
Metro submitted the Leeds Rail Growth package, a bid for
Regional Funding Allocation, in July 2008 to help with the
implementation of proposed new rail stations at Apperley Bridge and
Kirkstall Forge together with car park extension schemes to tackle
congestion within Leeds City Region. The scheme has been identified
as a priority by the Regional Transport Board with an estimated
total scheme cost of £16.74 million.
Subject to approval, the station could be opened in 2012.
You can follow the progress of the development in the
'Schemes under development' page in Projects & Plans on