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RAIL RAGE: Councillors say commuters at Horsforth Railway Station are causing parking congestion.
RAIL RAGE: Councillors say commuters at Horsforth Railway Station are causing parking congestion.
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Transport chiefs are being urged to do more to ease parking congestion near Horsforth railway station.

The area’s Liberal Democrat councillors say the rising number of commuters has led to the railway station car park overflowing.

They called on transport bosses in Leeds to increase the spaces available in the car park because commuters are parking on nearby streets .

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) announced last Thursday that funds would be made available to extend the car park.

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But Coun Chris Townsley and Brian Cleasby say plans for two new housing developments mean transport chiefs must now also consider a second Horsforth railway station.

Coun Townsley said: “The funds will improve the number of station parking spaces by about 30. That’s nowhere near enough, we need 200 more.

“There are plans for two new housing developments at Woodside Quarry and Clariant and this will mean even more commuters in Horsforth.”

Coun Cleasby said the authorities needed to “plan ahead” before the developments were built.

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He said: “In the long term, we will need to plan ahead for the Woodside Quarry and Clariant developments as the problem of commuter parking is only going to get worse.

“With council plans currently in place forcing another 2000 homes on us, we will need a new railway station at Horsforth Woodside to ease the pressure, with plenty of parking in the plans.”

The councillors also urged the authorities to consider restricting parking spaces for non-residents.

Coun Cleasby added: “We may need to introduce long term parking restrictions for commuters in the surrounding streets as well.”

A West Yorkshire Combined Authority spokesperson said: “Horsforth Woodside is identified as a potential site for a station but the study recommends the effects of the soon-to-open Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge

stations, with which it shares a catchment area, are studied first.

“Extending the car park at Horsforth station, to improve people’s access to the rail network and as a result, a wider range of employment opportunities, was approved at Thursday’s West Yorkshire Combined Authority meeting. The work is scheduled to start before the end of March 2016.

“In total 200 new parking spaces will be created by this first stage of the programme, which also includes Fitzwilliam, Mytholmroyd and South Elmsall stations. Stage two will see similar improvements at Hebden Bridge, Menston, Mirfield, Morley, Normanton, Shipley and Steeton & Silsden stations and could deliver up to 800 additional spaces.”

“There are already 4387 park and ride spaces across West Yorkshire and this two-stage £14m West Yorkshire Transport Fund programme will increase that number by around 1000.”

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