Kirkstall Forge railway station
|Local authority||City of Leeds|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2 (proposed)|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Key dates||Opening May 2015|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|UK Railways portal|
Kirkstall Forge station opened on 1 July 1860 and closed on 31 July 1905. It was not considered worthwhile rebuilding it when the line was widened from double to quadruple track. A new station is expected to open during 2015 between Leeds and Shipley, West Yorkshire, England. Metro, the Passenger Transport Executive for West Yorkshire, intends to open the station along with Apperley Bridge.
The station will have two platforms, with a footbridge and lifts linking them. The development also includes 127 car parking spaces, a bus stop and secure cycle storage.
Though it is sited on both the Airedale and Wharfedale lines, the station will initially only be served by trains between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square. This will provide for two trains per hour in each direction. The line through the station is electrified allowing the Class 333s to serve the station.
In 1999, Metro announced that Kirkstall Forge & Apperley Bridge were 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.
In July 2007, Leeds City Council approved a planning application to redevelop the Kirkstall Forge site, and the developer, Commercial Estates Group, has committed £4 million to the building of a railway station, and to the provision of new rolling stock.
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. A public exhibition of the plans took place in June 2009; the planning application was submitted to Leeds City Council in March 2010 and approved in June 2010.
Despite its significant private sector funding, the larger Rail Growth Programme including Apperley Bridge was listed as one of the schemes under government review in June 2010.
Following the Comprehensive Spending Review in Autumn 2010 the Leeds Rail Growth Package has been included with the "Development" pool of schemes. Metro submitted a "Best & Final Funding Bid" in September 2011 and the schemes funding was confirmed November 2011 as part of the National Infrastructure Plan.
On 29 May 2014 the Department for Transport committed £9.5 million of a total of £16 million towards the Leeds Rail Growth scheme which includes both Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge stations. The main works are cited to start in July 2014 with completion of both stations in August 2015.
- National Infrastructure Plan 2011 HM Treasury
- "Kirkstall Forge new rail station". West Yorkshire Metro. December 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- "Planning permission sought for new station at Kirkstall Forge" (Press release). Network Rail. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
- "Kirkstall Forge Rail Station". Metro. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-13.[dead link]
- "Kirkstall Forge agreed". Rail (647). 2010-06-30. p. 16.
- Broadbent, Steve (2010-06-30). "Twenty rail funding schemes now 'under Government review'". Rail (647). pp. 14–15.