Bradford's newest train station on track to open this summer
First published Tuesday 24 March 2015 in News
BRADFORD'S newest train station is on track to be up-and-running this summer.
The under-construction £10m station, at Apperley Bridge, will open to passengers in five months' time, 50 years after the old station there was closed.
Yesterday, local MP David Ward and ward councillor Jeanette Sunderland (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley) were given a tour of the site, off Apperley Lane, to see how work was progressing.
Contractors from construction firm Spencer said the build was on-target for its end-of-August opening, with the passenger platforms, 300-space car park and access road now well under way.
Dan Guiher, Network Rail commercial scheme sponsor, said: "The progress every time I am here is astounding. I look forward to coming back in a month and seeing the platform surfaces in."
He said as part of the design, they had been able to keep three established oak trees, which would sit near some new ponds dug to collect run-off rainwater.
He said: "That was one of our intentions - to leave the site as green as we possibly could."
The new station is being funded by the Department for Transport, with some cash from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Once it is up-and-running, it will have one train an hour in each direction on the Bradford to Leeds line, with the potential to increase this if passenger numbers grow.
Apperley Bridge's old train station closed because of the Beeching Axe in 1965. Plans to re-open it were first announced in 1999, although years of delays followed.
Mr Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, said the station had been a long time coming and would be a "big boost to the area".
He said: "It is great to see it actually happening. I was a ward councillor for this area for many years and this was something we campaigned on year after year after year.
"At times we did wonder whether it would actually happen."
Cllr Sunderland quizzed rail bosses about how safe the unstaffed station would be, especially at night, and was told it would be well-lit with a live-monitored CCTV system.
She said: "It is a lonely bit of the world. I'm now assured it will be a safe place to come.
"I come back to Bradford late at night, so this would be the station I would use and I would want to feel safe."
Cllr Sunderland said she hoped the railway station would alleviate congestion on some of the area's busy roads.
She said: "Local roads are really badly congested. Part of having a railway station is to encourage people to get out of their cars and onto the railways for their journey to work, and this has good access for Leeds and Bradford."
if anyone wants to know how/why these new stations are so expensive, just take a drive past, this isn't 2 wooden platforms and a couple of bus shelters, more a mass civil engineering project.Looks like things are really moving ahead with the entrance now, I doubt it'll be long before tarmac is laid. The amount of earth they've had to move to gouge out a path to the soon-to-be station is massive.
Need to check specifics against the timetable but:Do we know yet the running schedule? 1tph both directions. Will these be the Bradford Forster Square trains?
I hope there's scope to increase this to every 15 minutes at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge if the stations prove successful.First new train station for a decade opens near Leeds - and it’s late
Transport bosses have announced the new Apperley Bridge Station in Bradford will open on Sunday December 13, subject to final approval by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR
Two trains per hour, between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square or Skipton, will call at Apperley Bridge in each direction on Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays.
Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/first-new-train-station-for-a-decade-opens-near-leeds-and-it-s-late-1-7595653#ixzz3si5fLDQ3
Yes. That's 2tph during peak. They adjusted the timetable in Spring to accommodate the new stops (who'd a thought it would be delayed:. Hence, a 2 minute wait when you get to Shipley from Leeds on the way to Bradford. The fact the two new stations only add a couple of minutes to the timetable really shows how good electric trains are!!Do we know yet the running schedule? 1tph both directions. Will these be the Bradford Forster Square trains?
AFAIK the latest thinking is in this report http://www.wymetro.com/uploadedFiles/WYMetro/Content/news/projects/projectdetails/New%20Stations%20Study%20Report%20v1.0%20FINAL%20Redacted.pdfAlso has there been any definite word on new stations to open after AB, KF and LM considering it would surely make sense to have a rolling programme of railway station openings as opposed to having to wait another decade before any more much needed stations open. Certainly I always thought that opening many additional railway stations across West Yorkshire would be a simple way of improving transport around these parts.
I would imagine the nearby housing estates would have been notified and any new build ones might be told by LCC or relevant councils that they have to fund at least the first year of the Residential passes that Metro offer. More info on the passes here: http://www.wymetro.com/TicketsAndPasses/moresavings/residential/. I don't think this type of pass is well known though.Nice to see Apperley Bridge station not far from finally opening with Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor also opening in the near future.
To encourage custom at the new stations have businesses and homes near to the new stations received a lot of publicity including leaflets and advertising in the local area informing them of the new railway stations opening in their locality considering they would form the core of any passenger base using the station. Also surely it would make sense for these new railway stations to be signposted from nearby main roads such as the A65, A657 and A658 for Apperley Bridge, the A65, A6120 and B6157 for Kirkstall Forge and most significantly from the M62, M606, A58, A638, A641 and A6036 for Low Moor? Surely advertising these new stations from such busy roads (especially for Low Moor) would encourage passing custom from commuters as well as widen the new stations catchment areas. Also why on earth has the Metro Trains map not yet been updated to include the new stations? I vaguely remember seeing "opening soon" next to Brighouse and Glasshoughton prior to those stations opening in 2000 and 2005 respectively.
Also has there been any definite word on new stations to open after AB, KF and LM considering it would surely make sense to have a rolling programme of railway station openings as opposed to having to wait another decade before any more much needed stations open. Certainly I always thought that opening many additional railway stations across West Yorkshire would be a simple way of improving transport around these parts.