New Leeds train station forged

Signs around the Kirkstall forge site.
Signs around the Kirkstall forge site.
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A major regeneration scheme is set to forge ahead in Leeds.

Proposals for a new train station at the former Kirkstall Forge site forms part of a wider vision to transform the area with more than 1,000 new homes.

The development of a new riverside community is set to create around 2,400 new jobs and will bring around £400m of private sector investment to the area.

Terms have been agreed between Leeds City Council, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the site owners GMV Twelve Limited.

The final agreement is due shortly and the site owners are set to invest £5m into the design and construction of the station.

The new station is also being facilitated through a loan from the LEP and the council will spend around £10m to create a new access road from the A65 to the station.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s submission for funding for the delivery of the two rail stations, at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge, was made to the Department of Transport earlier this month.

The total scheme cost is £15.97m with over £9m coming from the Department for Transport.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy, said: “Kirkstall Forge is a unique and very special development that offers a rare opportunity to create a thriving new mixed-use community on a brown field site in a lovely historical setting not far from the city centre.” WHAT DO YOU THINK? Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you

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