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Metro's plans for new rail stations at
Kirkstall and Apperley Bridge have moved a step closer.
Leeds City Council has given planning consent for Commercial
Estates Group (CEG) to redevelop the 56-acre former Kirkstall Forge
site in Leeds.
CEG has committed £4 million to the creation of a new
railway station at the development where it is building modern
homes, offices, leisure facilities, a hotel, retail, community
facilities, bars and restaurants.
Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge stations will be built on
the busiest stretch of the Airedale line between Leeds and Shipley
but Wharfedale line trains would be able to call at the Kirkstall
stop. Building them at the same time on the same stretch of line
will enable Metro to reduce costs and timescales.
Part of the funding from the CEG development
could also be used to secure the additional trains required to meet
the extra passenger demand that the new stations will create when
they open, which could be in 2011.