New train station welcomes first train passengers in Leeds

Passengers use the newly opened Kirkstall Forge Station. Pic: Russell Wykes Photography.

Passengers use the newly opened Kirkstall Forge Station. Pic: Russell Wykes Photography.

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A NEW train station in Leeds has welcomed its first passengers.

Kirkstall Forge Station opened to the public yesterday.

The new station within the new Kirkstall Forge development is running one train per hour in each direction, with additional services during peak times.

It includes a 129-space car park and a pick-up and drop off point, as well as fully accessible platforms with staircases and ramps.

It also has secure bicycle parking and shelters.

The new train station, along with Apperley Bridge Rail Station, which opened in December 2015, is part of West Yorkshire’s £15.9m Rail Growth Package.

Leader of Leeds City Council, councillor Judith Blake said: “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.”

Councillor Blake added: “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.”

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