Apperley Bridge railway station

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Not to be confused with Appley Bridge railway station.
Apperley Bridge
Place Apperley Bridge
Area City of Bradford
Coordinates 53°50′29″N 1°42′11″W / 53.841380°N 1.703065°W / 53.841380; -1.703065Coordinates: 53°50′29″N 1°42′11″W / 53.841380°N 1.703065°W / 53.841380; -1.703065
Grid reference SE196383
Original company Leeds and Bradford Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 4
Late July 1846 Station opens as Apperley Bridge
1847 Station renamed Apperley
1 October 1890 Station renamed Apperley and Rawdon
May 1893 Station renamed Apperley Bridge and Rawdon
12 June 1961 Station renamed Apperley Bridge
20 March 1965 Station closes
2015 Reopening late summer 2015.[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Apperley Bridge was a station on the (Leeds and Bradford, later Midland) line between Leeds and Shipley, West Yorkshire, England, between 1846 and 1965. Metro, the Passenger Transport Executive for West Yorkshire, intends to re-open the station, along with Kirkstall Forge.[2]

Go-ahead for construction of both Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge was given in the National Infrastructure Plan released on 29 November 2011.[3][4] The estimated completion date is August 2015.[5]


The Leeds and Bradford Railway opened on 30 June 1846. At first, there were no intermediate stations, such had been the haste to get the line opened. Temporary stations were quickly provided, including Apperley Bridge, which opened some time during July 1846.[6] A permanent structure followed about a year later. It comprised two platforms, partly covered by an overall roof. The main building ran parallel to the railway on the south side up at road level. A principal customer of the station was Woodhouse Grove School, whose land had been crossed by the Railway. About 1849, the Railway agreed to purchase gas from the school in order to light the station.

The Leeds & Bradford Railway was leased to the Midland Railway from just before its opening, an event of some importance in terms of railway politics. It contributed to the downfall of George Hudson and helped ensure that Bradford never had a through railway. It had previously been thought that the Leeds & Bradford might join with the Manchester & Leeds Railway.

The Railway was widened to four tracks in about 1900, taking more land from Woodhouse Grove School, who used the money to build a swimming bath. The station was enlarged to four platforms, with a distinctive wooden building above at road level. The original station building was swept away when the cutting was widened to accommodate the new "fast lines" on the south side. Platform four, on the up slow line, remained the original of 1847 as there was not room to develop it. The other platforms, number 1 on the down fast line and numbers 2 and 3, the island between the up fast and down slow, were longer, wider and higher. Steps were needed to board trains on platform 4. There were canopies on all four platforms.

The station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, and then passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was transferred to the North Eastern Region in 1957 and gained ten tangerine totem signs about 1961.

A goods yard operated in the angle between the main line and the Ilkley branch. This handled domestic coal until closure in June 1964. By that time the cattle dock was well overgrown. A small housing estate now stands on the site. The passenger station gained an enhanced service, almost at regular intervals, when diesel multiple units were introduced in January 1959. Just one stopping train remained steam-hauled after that, the 6.24 p.m. to Leeds, which conveyed more parcel vans than it did passenger stock. This was the "Derby Slow". It continued to Derby after a lengthy pause at Leeds.

The station was used by about 80 passengers a day, that is 80 joining and 80 alighting. With 40 stopping trains, that was an average of only two per train, but a total usage (by current calculations of "footfall") of over 50,000 journeys a year.

Apperley Bridge station was finally closed by the British Railways Board, as a result of the Beeching Axe, at about 9.30pm on 20 March 1965. The station handled parcels by passenger train right up to the final day. The delivery area was then transferred to Guiseley station.[6]


In 1999, Metro announced that Apperley Bridge was amongst five new or reopened stations which they wished to see achieved over the ensuing five years. One of these stations has opened - Glasshoughton in 2005.

Metro has now submitted a business case and designs for both Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge.[7][8] Plans for the station were displayed to the public on 15 and 16 May 2009. It will have staggered platforms and a car park for 300 vehicles. It was originally projected that the station would re-open in 2012,[2] but this has been pushed back to August 2015, with main construction commencing in 2014.[5] A planning application was submitted in December 2009[9] and permission to build was granted by Bradford Council in March 2010.[10]


In September 2008, the West Yorkshire PTE announced that the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Transport Board had approved funding for its "rail growth programme" which includes stations at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge;[11] this allowed a full business case for the two stations to be developed. Following the Comprehensive Spending Review in Autumn 2010 the Leeds Rail Growth Package was included within the "Development" pool of schemes. Metro submitted a "Best and Final Funding Bid" in September 2011 and the schemes funding was confirmed in November 2011 as part of the National Infrastructure Plan.[citation needed]

Final approval for both stations was given by the Department for Transport on 29 May 2014.[12] In July 2014, Metro announced that construction work would begin in September 2014, and the station would open in August 2015. Two trains per hour each way (with peak period extras) are expected to call here when the station is completed.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Shipley   Leeds and Bradford Railway
  Calverley & Rodley
Idle   Leeds and Bradford Railway
  Calverley & Rodley
Shipley   Leeds and Bradford Railway
  Calverley & Rodley
Shipley   Midland Railway
  Calverley & Rodley
Shipley   London Midland and Scottish Railway
  Calverley & Rodley
Shipley   British Railways
  Calverley & Rodley


  1. ^ Network Rail Timetable May 2015
  2. ^ a b Kilner, Will (15 May 2009). "‘New rail station is on the right lines!’". Telegraph & Argus (Bradford: Newsquest). Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  3. ^ National Infrastructure Plan 2011 HM Treasury
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b "Apperley Bridge new rail station". West Yorkshire Metro. September 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Bairstow, Martin (2004). Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale. ISBN 1-871944-28-7. 
  7. ^ Metro: Consultation on proposed Apperley Bridge rail station begins
  8. ^ Metro: Rail growth proposal delivered
  9. ^ O'Rouke, Tanya (10 December 2009). "Apperley Bridge set for transport network boost". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  10. ^ O'Rouke, Tanya (3 March 2010). "Apperley Bridge facility given planning permission". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Railplan Update" (PDF). West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  12. ^ Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge rail stations get go-ahead BBC News article 29 May 2014; Retrieved 29 May 2014

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