Station plan back on track

Plans for a new rail station at Apperley Bridge finally turned the corner today.

The plan has been stop-start for the last few years following problems agreeing how the scheme, allied to a similar development at Kirkstall Forge in Leeds, would be funded.  Yesterday, the Government agreed to provide £9.5m of the £16m needed to build the combined project, which will lead to 300 jobs during construction.

The Apperley Bridge site will include a park-and-ride scheme while Kirkstall Forge is to have around 1,000 new homes and extensive commercial buildings.

Paul Mackie, Bradford Chamber President, said: “This announcement is good news for Bradford and for West Yorkshire.  It brings an end to the on-off nature of the plan to build the station, confirming that the station will be built, and will enhance connectivity and rail services for the two cities.”

Work will begin next month and is expected to be complete by August 2015.

Written on 29th May 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, News