After five years of waiting, a brand new train station in Leeds will finally open in October.
The Department for Transport put forward part of a £10million fund for the new Kirkstall Forge station, which will provide a six-minute link to the city centre on the Bradford to Leeds line.
The investment at the former Kirkstall Forge site forms part of a wider vision to transform the area with more than 1,000 new homes.
The new riverside community could create around 2,400 new jobs and bring around £400million of private sector investment to the area.
MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, welcomed the news of the launch. She said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the first train pull into the station.
“The station unlocks a major development in Kirkstall, which is set to stimulate the local economy and will ultimately be a catalyst for major regeneration, much-needed housing delivery and job creation on a brownfield site.”
She added: “It will also transform travel times into Leeds and Bradford.”
Kirkstall Forge has also been nominated in a number of categories for the Placemaking Awards.
The awards aim to recognise developments and their role and partnership with the local community.
The Placemaking Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 31.
Rachel Reeves added: “We have worked hard as a team to get the details of Kirkstall Forge right and make sure it becomes a reality, so I was pleased to support the development for these awards.”
TRAIN STATION IS ON RIGHT TRACKS
Together with a new rail station at Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge station will help reduce traffic on busy routes between Leeds and Bradford, as well as easing traffic congestion in Leeds city centre.
Around two trains per hour each way from the station are expected to provide 400,000 passengers with a six-minute link to Leeds city centre every year.
The new rail station is a key element of the £400m Kirkstall Forge development, which includes a 23-hectare site.
It was predicted to help create 1,000 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of office space, 2,400 jobs and £5m per year to the local economy.