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2 June 2009
Staff from both organisations will be available to answer
questions at St Mary's Church, Hawkeswood Crescent, Hawksworth Wood
on Friday 5 June between 2pm and 6pm, and on Saturday 6 June
between 10am and 2pm.
the new station, in association with the development of the
Kirkstall Forge site by developers CEG, include a 125-space car
park, fully-accessible platforms with both staircases and lifts,
CCTV surveillance and passenger 'Help Points', passenger
information displays and public address system, secure cycle
parking and modern waiting shelters.
Initially, it is proposed that two trains per hour will call in
each direction, between Leeds 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
"New stations and more park-and-ride facilities 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.
"Kirkstall Forge, and its proposed sister station at Apperley
Bridge, 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 for
"We had a great turnout of visitors to the Apperley Bridge
consultation a few weeks ago, which shows that interest in new
stations is high, and has been positive. I hope we get a similar
amount of interest for Kirkstall Forge."
"CEG has been working closely with Metro, Network Rail and
Northern Rail to deliver a new rail halt at Kirkstall Forge since
2002, which will connect the site to Leeds City Centre in just five
minutes," said Charles Johnson, Development Manager for CEG.
"The station is vital to creating a new and sustainable
community and will provide direct benefits to people living and
working at Kirkstall Forge and for visitors to the amenities which
will include restaurants, bars, retail uses, a gym, a spa and a
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."
Subject to approval, the station could be opened in 2012.
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 Kirkstall Forge and
Apperley Bridge 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.