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submitted a £23.24m bid to the Department for Transport for
funding to improve train services in West Yorkshire.
New stations at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge, together
with an additional 628 car park places across existing stations,
form the Major Scheme Business Case submission.
The Business Case is the culmination of work which started in
2008, and follows on from consultation exercises for the two new
stations earlier this year.
Almost £20m would come from the Regional Funding
Allocation, while the rest would be made up of contributions from
the Local Transport Plan and CEG, the developer of the Kirkstall
"This proposal represents a tremendous opportunity
to improve rail travel in West Yorkshire," said Metro Chairman,
Cllr Ryk Downes. "The two proposed stations will take car traffic
off the congested Leeds to Bradford commuter routes, and also
reduce harmful CO2 emissions, as the two stations will be served by
"And by expanding car parks at other stations, Metro is
improving access to the rail network, making rail an attractive
alternative to long-distance commuter car journeys."
Metro is the scheme promoter of the package and the package is
developed with full support from key stakeholders including Network
Rail, Northern, Leeds Council, Bradford Council and CEG.
Metro has submitted the Major Scheme Business Case (MSBC) to the
Department for Transport (DfT), seeking combined Programme Entry
and Conditional Approval for the Leeds City Region Rail Growth
Package proposal. It is the culmination of development work on the
project following the inclusion of the scheme on the Yorkshire and
Humber RFA2 list, which was submitted to Ministers in February
The package will improve accessibility to the rail network in West
Yorkshire, resulting in improved economic productivity and
reductions in emissions, both objectives set out within Delivering
a Sustainable Transport System (DaSTS).
Plans for the new station at Apperley Bridge 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
Kirkstall Forge Rail Station, planned in association with the
development of the Kirkstall Forge site by developers CEG, includes
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 at each station, between Leeds and Bradford Forster
Subject to DfT approval in April 2010 and further design work, it
is envisaged that the full package will be delivered by the end of