Monthly Archives: March 2016

Apperley Bridge is busier than forecast

Apperley Bridge railway station, which opened on 13th December 2015 has proven to be busier than the forecast expected. This update will be presented to the Bradford sub committee of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on 8th April 2016.

Apperley Bridge

2.8. Apperley Bridge station which opened on 13 December 2015 has been busier than forecast for its first few months of service. WYCA has commissioned passenger and vehicle counts and surveys to be carried out over a week to ascertain how people used to make the journey before the station was opened and where they are travelling to and from.

Low Moor railway station update – April 2016 2

A substantial update has been provided into the progress being made with the construction of Low Moor railway station. This will be presented to the Bradford sub committee meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on 8th April 2016.

Low Moor Rail Station

2.4. Construction of the new rail station and car park in Low Moor is now well underway. To date, most of the work to form the two new station platforms has been completed and construction of the main station car park is progressing well, with substantial earthworks undertaken and the main site retaining walls assembled. One of the main passenger lift shafts has also been erected on the southern part of the site and the majority of the necessary track adjustments have been completed.

2.5. Most of the main elements of the essential highway improvements have also been completed, including the construction of the main entrance to the new station car park and forming the new residents parking bay in New Works Road. New Traffic Regulation Orders will also be implemented nearer completion of the scheme, providing new traffic priority measures in New Works Road and the junction with Cleckheaton Road.

2.6. During the work, a previously unrecorded mine shaft was discovered that requires extensive treatment in order to make it suitable to build above. Work to treat the shaft is well underway and due to be completed in April. Completion is programmed for late summer.

2.7. The new station will be served by hourly trains to Bradford Interchange, Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield. Grand Central has also expressed an interest in stopping at the new station

Rotherham Parkgate study to be commissioned

South Yorkshire PTE are set to commission a £100,000 study into the business case for a railway station to serve Rotherham with the station likely to be built close to the Parkgate retail centre on the mainline between Sheffield and Doncaster. The study is hoped to assist future bids for government funding to run further detailed studies.

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Councils call for Crossrail 2 to head east

Government is being urged to commit to an Eastern Phase for Crossrail 2 to unlock the full potential for growth in East London and South Essex.

The call follows findings from a new study which uses the latest projections on population, housing and jobs, as well as research into the benefits of Crossrail 2 services heading east through Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Thurrock and South Essex.

It finds the huge potential for development in this region, earmarked as one of the UK’s largest strategic locations for growth, could be undermined by leaving it to be served by existing transport infrastructure.

The study, commissioned by Barking and Dagenham, Essex, Hackney and Newham councils, recommends that the Crossrail 2 track split after Angel Station. One branch would head north as planned, while another would go east to Hackney Central, before heading to Hackney Wick and out through Newham and Barking and Dagenham. This new line would then link to the existing Essex Thameside network, with Crossrail 2 services terminating at Basildon and Grays.

Lord Adonis recently announced a new report from the National Infrastructure Commission about how Crossrail 2 should progress. It recommends it focus initially on a single line heading north from Angel, via Dalston Junction and Tottenham Hale, to Hertfordshire. However, it also recommends that the possibility of an Eastern Phase be fully explored. Chancellor George Osborne subsequently backed the Crossrail 2 project in his Budget last week.

The mayors and leaders of the four councils which commissioned the study are now urging Government to commit to making this Eastern Phase integral to the future development of Crossrail 2.

Benefits of the Eastern Phase proposals include:

  • A £20.5 billion boost to the economy.
  • Support the expected population growth of 512,000 people.
  • Support the 265,000 new jobs and 233,000 new homes earmarked for the region.
  • Reduced journey times from South Essex and East London to Central London – many by more than 50%, some by almost 30 minutes.
  • Trains every four minutes between Barking and Hackney, and every eight minutes from Basildon and Grays.
  • Additional capacity for 67,000 commuters during the morning peak.
  • Relieved overcrowding on Essex Thameside Route, the District Line, the Hammersmith & City Line, and London Overground.

Source: Hackney Council

Kirkstall Forge railway station update – March 2016 1

An update into the progress being made to deliver Kirkstall Forge railway station has been published as part of the papers provided to the Leeds district committee for their meeting on 4th April 2016.

Kirkstall Forge
2.10. Construction of Kirkstall Forge station is complete and the access road to it is due for completion before the end of April.
2.11. The station will be served hourly by Ilkley/Leeds trains with additional Airedale line peak hour trains. The technical process to gain approval from the Office of Rail and Road to open and operate the station is underway and approval is expected in April.

Barking Riverside given Mayoral approval

The extension to Barking Riverside is set to open by 2021 following a request from the mayor of London to Transport for London to begin proceedings to gain a Transport and Works Act Order for the route.

This follows an agreement to accelerate the timetable for construction of homes at the Barking Riverside development.

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The Mayor of London has signalled his support for a vital rail extension to serve east London’s largest housing development site, by asking Transport for London (TfL) to apply for powers to start construction.

Following the Mayor’s instruction, TfL will now apply to Government for a Transport and Works Act Order to start construction of the 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line. This extension would deliver London Overground services to a new station at the heart of the Barking Riverside community, with construction beginning in late 2017 and train services commencing in 2021.

The delivery of the extension will unlock a wide range of benefits for people in the local area and beyond, including almost 11,000 new homes, many of which are affordable, along with a new school and healthcare facilities and the construction of a new district centre with commercial and leisure facilities. The extension will deliver a sustainable public transport alternative to car travel and link Barking Riverside into London’s public transport network through connections at Barking, with District and Hammersmith & City Tube services and c2c services to London Fenchurch Street and Essex.

The extension is fully funded, with the majority of the £263m cost of the scheme being met by the developers, Barking Riverside Limited, a newly reformed joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant, who are providing £172m of funding. The remainder is being provided by TfL.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: `The London Overground has been a huge success story, driving forward regeneration in all corners of the capital and proving incredibly popular with passengers. The unequivocal support for this extension shows what an impact the line will make to Barking, and I’m delighted that we’re ready to take it forward and ensure Barking Riverside realises its full potential.’

TfL’s Managing Director of Planning, Richard de Cani, said: `Overwhelming support has been demonstrated throughout the consultation process for this extension of London Overground network to Barking Riverside. We will now be moving this to the next step so that we can get construction underway. This vital new railway will breathe life into this area, enabling up to 11,000 vital new homes, along with healthcare and leisure services, to be delivered.’

The decision to apply for the Transport and Work Act Order follows a public consultation in December 2015. This was the third consultation on the scheme, providing detailed land use, location of site compounds and construction traffic. The report is available at

Previous consultations in autumn 2014 and spring 2015 looked at support for the principle of the scheme and possible route alignments respectively. Responses to both consultations showed overwhelming support

Ladbroke Grove Crossrail plans resurrected

A new Crossrail Station in North Kensington could unlock widespread regeneration in one of the capital’s most deprived neighbourhoods and lead to the delivery of up to 5,000 new homes and 2,000 jobs according to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP.

The Kensal Gasworks off Ladbroke Grove has long been proposed as a site for a possible Crossrail station but in 2013, following detailed analysis, the Mayor and Transport for London came to a view that it would not be feasible.

Since then, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has revised proposals for the station to ensure that it could unlock regeneration in the area along with the Crossrail and HS2 station that is scheduled to open at Old Oak in 2026. As a result, the Mayor has asked for further feasibility work to be carried out with the intention of resurrecting the scheme. This work will include examining how a new station would impact on the wider rail network, including integration with longer term capacity enhancements planned for the Great Western Mainline.

North Kensington is amongst the most deprived areas along the entire Crossrail route and has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the capital. The area around the proposed station has already been earmarked for regeneration and the Mayor believes that the new Crossrail station could lead to the delivery of 5,000 new homes and 2,000 jobs. It is estimated that without a new Crossrail station, only 1,500 homes could be built on the site.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “We have seen across London how Crossrail is transforming vast swathes of land and acting as a catalyst for much needed new homes and jobs. By looking again at the options for this station we firmly believe that it could have a similar impact, triggering a much-needed fillip for this part of the capital. We are now delving into the detail to see just what may be possible in North Kensington to ensure it does not miss out on the much-needed regeneration Crossrail will bring.”

The Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown said: “For a while it did seem our hopes for Portobello Crossrail had been dashed, but the Mayor, Network Rail, and we on the Council, are determined to achieve the optimum benefit from Crossrail. I am extremely grateful to the Mayor and to Network Rail for keeping channels open, and am delighted that it now looks as though Royal Borough residents can look forward to riding on the Elizabeth Line in the years ahead.”

Stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, Crossrail will change the way people travel around London and the South East and add much needed new capacity to London’s transport infrastructure. A fleet of brand new 200 metre long trains will run on the line, featuring nine walk-through carriages, air conditioning, CCTV and real-time travel information.

When the railway fully opens it will significantly increase the capital’s rail capacity, carrying over half a million passengers per day. Some 1.5 million people will have better access to the jobs and opportunities of London’s main employment centres, and an estimated £42bn will have been added to the economy of the United Kingdom.

Last month, the Mayor announced that Crossrail will be known as the Elizabeth line when the new service opens for passengers through central London in December 2018 in honour or Her Majesty the Queen.