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Welcoming the news that the approval of the Leeds
City Region Rail Growth Package had been announced by the
Chancellor in today's autumn statement, Metro Chairman Cllr James
Lewis said, "Metro has pushed for the building of these two new
stations which will support new jobs, reduce traffic on busy routes
between Leeds and Bradford and ease congestion in Leeds city
"A new rail station with 125 car parking spaces is a key element
of the Kirkstall Forge development site, which will support 2,400
new jobs and lever £350m of new investment into the area," he
"Two trains per hour each way from the station will provide a
forecast 400,000 passengers each year with a six -minute link to
Leeds city centre and a 18-minute link to Bradford Forster Square.
It will complement the current work on the A65 Quality Bus
"Designed with a 300-space car park - the largest at a West
Yorkshire station after Wakefield Westgate - the new station at
Apperley Bridge will be used by around ¼ million passengers
each year and will remove 200,000 car journeys from busy local
roads annually. With a new station at Low Moor going ahead as well
this means two new rail stations for the Bradford District. Journey
times to Leeds and Bradford Forster Square will be about 12
"Around 40% of the overall £17m cost of the new stations
has been raised locally including a contribution of over £5m
from the Kirkstall Forge site developer Commercial Estates Group
(CEG) and £1.3m of Metro's recent sale of rolling stock,"
continued Cllr Lewis.
"The local funding means we can now push ahead with the detailed
design work for these new stations," he added. "Construction could
start in the summer of 2013 and both stations could be operational
by the end of 2014."
Rachel Reeves MP in whose Leeds West constituency Kirkstall
Forge station will be built said, "I am pleased that the government
has finally listened to my calls, and given the green light to this
crucial project, which will build over 1,000 homes and create 2,400
jobs in our community."
Bradford East MP David Ward who has campaigned for a station at
Apperley Bridge said, "I am delighted that this station will now go
Metro is still awaiting a decision on its bids to the DfT for
the planned NGT trolleybus network and important refurbishment work
on the Leeds Inner Ring Road. Announcements are expected in
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