Leeds’ newest railway station - Kirkstall Forge - is set to welcome its first passengers from this weekend.
The brand new transport hub, part of the Kirkstall Forge development, will open to passengers on Sunday.
Initially, one train per hour will call in each direction, with additional services during the morning and evening peaks.
The new station includes a 129-space car park and a pickup/drop off point and, fully-accessible platforms with both staircases and ramps. It also has secure cycle parking and waiting shelters.
Together with Apperley Bridge Rail Station, which opened in December 2015, Kirkstall Forge is part of West Yorkshire’s £15.9m Rail Growth Package.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: “It is fantastic news that rail services to the new Kirkstall Forge Station are about to open.
“The station has a key role to play in realising the major regeneration potential of the broader Kirkstall Forge development, bringing with it new jobs, training opportunities, housing and a range of office and leisure facilities to offer a significant boost to the local economy.
“We look forward to seeing lots of people making use of the new station and Kirkstall Forge as a prime destination as well as a gateway to the city centre and beyond in the weeks, months and years to come.”
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “I know how important Kirkstall Forge station will be to the local community in order to improve access to jobs, education and for leisure travellers as well. A growing railway requires this kind of investment to help deliver social and economic growth and the completion of this station is excellent news for not only Leeds, but West Yorkshire as a whole too.”
Building work has already started at the Kirkstall Forge development, with the first 110,000 sq ft, seven-story flagship office due for completion in 2017, anchored by two pre-lets. CEG’s 57 acre development is set to become home to a thriving mixed-use community in a unique wooded, riverside setting. Ultimately it will comprise of 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space, creating around 2,400 new jobs.