Kirkstall Forge: Live as trains cancelled at Leeds train station after rain floods railway tracks

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A number of train services have been cancelled and replaced by buses on Tuesday.

Heavy rain has caused flooding on the line in the Kirkstall area over night.

Northern have issued a warning to train passengers as services from multiple Leeds stations have been cancelled and replaced with bus services.

Follow this live blog for the latest updates.

Heavy rain flooding causes disruption to Leeds train services

Northern announcement

Northern have said that following heavy rain overnight, services will run between Shipley and Bradford Forster Square only, with buses replacing services from Leeds to Shipley.

Rail replacement buses

Buses are replacing rail services between Leeds and Shipley in both directions.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain in place until 9pm tonight.

Disruption expected until afternoon

According to National Rail, the disruption between Leeds and Harrogate / Shipley / Ilkley is expected until 3pm this afternoon.

The disruption is affecting LNER services between London Kings Cross and Harrogate / Bradford Forster Square / Skipton and Northern between Leeds and Skipton / Ilkley / Bradford Forster Square.

National Rail writes: LNER services will be revised to terminate / start back from Leeds. As a result, the following stations will not be served by LNER, until further notice:

  • Harrogate

  • Horsforth

  • Bradford Forster Square

  • Skipton

  • Keighley

  • Shipley 

Rail replacement transport is in operation between these stations to / from Leeds.

The following Northern alterations are in place:

  • Train services are unable to run between Leeds and Shipley in both directions

  • Train services between Leeds and Skipton may be suspended between Leeds and Shipley

  • Train services between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square will be suspended between Leeds and Shipley

  • Train services between Leeds and York via Harrogate will be suspended between Horsforth and Harrogate

Customers may use their tickets at no additional cost on the following:

  • Northern services between Leeds and Bradford Interchange, and between York and Harrogate

  • TransPennine Express services between Leeds and York

The following rail replacement transport has been provided. This will be provided by J&B Travel and Fourways.

Between Leeds and Harrogate

  • 07:30 Leeds to Harrogate

  • 08:30 Leeds to Harrogate

  • 09:30 Leeds to Harrogate

  • 07:00 Harrogate to Leeds

  • 08:00 Harrogate to Leeds

  • 09:00 Harrogate to Leeds

  • 10:00 Harrogate to Leeds

  • 11:00 Harrogate to Leeds

  • 12:00 Harrogate to Leeds

Between Leeds and Shipley

  • 07:45 Leeds to Shipley

  • 08:30 Leeds to Shipley

  • 09:00 Leeds to Shipley

  • 09:30 Leeds to Shipley

  • 10:00 Leeds to Shipley

  • 10:30 Leeds to Shipley

  • 11:00 Leeds to Shipley

Journey times may be extended by up to 60 minutes whilst travelling by rail replacement transport.

Yorkshire Evening Post reporter James Connolly is at Kirkstall Forge Station, which was eerily quiet this morning with most trains either cancelled or replaced with a bus service.

Kirkstall Forge Station was eerily quiet on Tuesday.Kirkstall Forge Station was eerily quiet on Tuesday.
Kirkstall Forge Station was eerily quiet on Tuesday. | National World

There were a few people at the station, most passing through on morning walks.

Karena Moore-Millar, 48, was among the unhappy customers this morning, as she piled onto a busy rail replacement bus with the partner and kids in tow.

They were due to get the train to London as part of a surprise Christmas, but the flooding disrupted their travel plans.

Karena Moore-Millar's travel plans hangs in the balance after flooding causes disruption.Karena Moore-Millar's travel plans hangs in the balance after flooding causes disruption.
Karena Moore-Millar's travel plans hangs in the balance after flooding causes disruption. | National World

Instead, they've had to drive to Kirkstall Forge Station, from where they have now boarded a bus to Leeds Station.

They had their fingers crossed they'd make it in time for the London Train.

"We've literally just been dropped in it", she said. "We've had to drop all of our plans and get the car here because this is the closest station.

"We're hoping to catch the train from Leeds no. Otherwise it's ruined this surprise Christmas present."

It remains unclear exactly where along the line the flood water has caused problems.

Sara Forrest, 67, was on one of her regular walks this morning along the river from Pollard Lane up to Kirkstall Forge.

She said: "Where the weir is, near the salmon run, I've not seen the water so high in a long time."

Tracks remain waterlogged

Train tracks near the Kirkstall Bridge Inn pub, in Bridge Road, still appear waterlogged as trains continue to be cancelled.

The train tracks still appear waterlogged.The train tracks still appear waterlogged.
The train tracks still appear waterlogged. | National World

River Aire water levels

The River Aire is close to bursting its banks at the train leading to Kirkstall Abbey.

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The water is as close to the river bank as it is possible to get without flooding the beer garden at the Kirkstall Bridge Inn, which recently invested in significant flood defences.

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Teams from Network Rail spotted

Teams from Network Rail are at the scene as they try to resolve the situation, with tracks visibly waterlogged.

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