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Apperley Bridge new rail station

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), in partnership with Network Rail and Northern Rail, opens a new rail station at Apperley Bridge.

July 2016

West Yorkshire’s first new rail station in 10 years opened to passengers on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Two trains per hour operate between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square, calling at Apperley Bridge in each direction, Monday to Saturday daytime and hourly on Sundays. An hourly Monday to Saturday evening service call on the Airedale Line between Leeds and Skipton.

New timetables

New rail timetables started on Sunday 13 December. Apperley Bridge times are included in the Airedale and Leeds-Bradford timetable

New links for work and leisure

Councillor Keith Wakefield, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:

“Regular services between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square will provide people with links to work and leisure opportunities in the two city centres. The Combined Authority has worked closely with our partners at Network Rail to get Apperley Bridge Station open for passengers as soon as possible.

“The new station will also reduce existing congestion and improve journey reliability on key corridors and electric train links replacing car journeys will help reduce harmful emissions.”

Commitment to better transport

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

"The new Apperley Bridge station on the busy Leeds-Bradford route will significantly improve journeys between the two great cities. Our commitment to better transport for West Yorkshire will continue as we create a Northern Powerhouse that supports local people's ambitions for the area's future."


Vital contribution to local economy

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council Deputy Leader said:

“I’m delighted that the new Apperley Bridge station is about to open for passengers. Extra public transport links make a vital contribution to the economy of the region and improvements to the environment.

“Commuters in Bradford and around the wider region can look forward to enjoying the benefits of the new rail services.

“We have lobbied hard and done everything we could to get this station opened as quickly as possible.”

Together with Kirkstall Forge Rail Station, which opened 19 June 2016, Apperley Bridge is part of a £15.9m Rail Growth Package which was given DfT approval in May 2014. New bus services 948 and 949 operate from Apperley Bridge station to Greengates, Idle, Thorpe Edge and Eccleshill Hospital.


Planning consent was granted March 2010 by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. 
The new station includes:
-          New access road off Apperley Lane called Station Approach
-          Pick/drop off point and 297-space car park
-          Fully-accessible platforms with both staircases and ramps
-          CCTV surveillance
-          Passenger information displays and public address system
-          Secure cycle parking
-          Modern waiting shelters.


Rail Growth Package was granted ‘Full Approval Status' by the Department for Transport (DfT) on 28 May 2014 and has provided funding £9.573m towards the £15.9m scheme for both new rail stations. The remaining cost is made up of a local funding contribution which includes a private sector contribution of over £5m, supplemented by WYCA funding. 


Full approval documents


Rail Growth Package Full Approval (Pdf 133kb)

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix D (Pdf 5125kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix F (Pdf 2826kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix H (Pdf 407kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix I (Pdf 342kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix J (Pdf 5725kb)

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix K (Pdf 161kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix L (Pdf 273kb)  

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix M (Pdf 64kb)  

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix N (Pdf 265kb)  

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix O (Pdf 40kb)  

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix P (Pdf 161kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix Q (Pdf 46kb) 

Rail Growth Package FA Appendix S (Pdf 425kb) 




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