Rachel was thrilled to hear today that the scheme that will see a new station, housing development and jobs being brought to the Kirkstall Forge site has been given the go ahead. The development is expected to support 300 jobs during construction. On completion it will create an estimated 1,800 jobs directly linked to the development and around 300 across the wider area.
The scheme consists of two new stations on the Leeds-Bradford line — at Apperley Bridge and at Kirkstall Forge — both designed to encourage more people to swap their cars for the train.
The work will start in July this year with completion of the scheme in August 2015. The Kirkstall Forge Station will kick start over £400 million of mixed-use development at the Old Forge site, which is a brown field site.
“After four years of campaigning I am thrilled for the community of Kirkstall, and people across West Leeds that we have agreement to go ahead with the development at Kirkstall Forge. Getting new infrastructure in place will create jobs and having a new train station will help so many people from the area commute into Leeds and Bradford for work or leisure. And with the station agreed, new housing, retail and office space will be built with jobs created on this historical site. Getting this project from drawing board to agreement has been a triumph of partnership working, I look forward to the first train stopping at Kirkstall Forge.'