SE2436 : The road outside Kirkstall Forge Station

taken 5 years ago, near to Horsforth, Leeds, Great Britain

The road outside Kirkstall Forge Station
The road outside Kirkstall Forge Station
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 was served by 1 train per hour each way towards Leeds and Bradford, which later increased to 2 per hour, with some additional services at peak times. 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 people 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.

Road names at Kirkstall Forge

I was talking to a manager of CEG who are the Kirkstall Forge developers, on 9th July 2016 at the Kirkstall Festival, where they had a display. He told me that road names are being discussed with Leeds City Council. Butler Road will probably be the name of the road into the north-west end of the site. This road joins Abbey Road by the traffic lights near Hawksworth Road. Beecroft and Butler were the names of 2 partners who were responsible for developing industrial use on the site in the late 18th & early 19th centuries.
The road by the station will probably be called Great Exhibition Way, referring to the items that they manufactured and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. The items in the exhibition included railway wheels and axles, axletrees for carriages, phaetons, omnibuses, cabs, drays, and other vehicles (made from best double-faggoted Kirkstall iron)and a self-acting regulating damper for high-pressure boilers
Other road names may reference the monks of Kirkstall Abbey, who first developed the site in the 12th century.

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Sunday, 19 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 June, 2016
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Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
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Railway  Railway Station  Road 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 247 366 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:49.5160N 1:37.5749W
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