SE2436 : Waiting for the first train at Kirkstall Forge Station

taken 1 year ago, near to Horsforth, Leeds, Great Britain

Waiting for the first train at Kirkstall Forge Station
Waiting for the first train at Kirkstall Forge Station
People gathered for the first train at the new station, some in an official capacity, some to watch, others like myself as passengers. Many travelled to Shipley or Bradford, then returned on the same train which was the first Leeds-bound service to stop here.
Kirkstall Forge Station, now open
Kirkstall Forge Station officially opened on Sunday 19th June 2016, although the site was accessible at least 2 days earlier. The station is served by 1 train per hour each way towards Leeds and Bradford, which should increase as demand increases. It is intended to serve offices and residential buildings which will be built on the Kirkstall Forge site, and has a substantial car park for park-and-ride passengers. The journey time to Leeds station is 8 minutes, considerably better than the scheduled time by bus. For those of us living on this side of Horsforth it offers a significantly quicker journey than going to the city centre by car.
Kirkstall Forge Station in development, Leeds to Shipley line
A new railway station is being constructed on the Leeds to Shipley line at Kirkstall Forge. It will serve the planned development on the brownfield site at Kirsktall Forge, where there will be over 1,000 homes, plus commercial and leisure facilities.
Kirkstall Forge was probably the oldest industrial site in Britain. It was first developed as a mill by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey in the second half of the 12th century, and as a forge from the 16th century. By the end of the 20th century it was a large industrial site, mainly making truck axles. The forge closed in 2003, and the factory buildings were mostly cleared by 2005, ready for development. The development was put on hold during the recession, until late 2014.
The developers of the site are contributing to the construction of the station, which is the first development on the site. Initial work started in late 2014, and the station was planned to open in the summer of 2015. There were several unexplained delays, and the current plans are to open by Easter 2016.
Detailed planning permission has been given for the first commercial building on the site, construction should start during 2016.
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Sunday, 19 June, 2016
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