Rail station plans set back

MAKING TRACKS: Artist's impression of the proposed station at Low Moor.
MAKING TRACKS: Artist's impression of the proposed station at Low Moor.

Transport authority Metro has revealed that the planned completion date of Low Moor Railway Station has been put back for another year.

Metro had told the Spenborough Guardian in August it was still on track for the original completion date of 2014, but now says changes in safety requirements means it will be later.

A Metro spokesman said: “Due to the extra expense resulting from changes in engineering safety requirements for building platforms on a curve, as is the case at Low Moor, a stopping frequency of three trains per hour is now required to achieve the business case for the scheme.

“Metro is now in detailed discussions with Network Rail and Northern Rail on achieving this frequency but the additional work is likely to push the date for initial opening of the station into 2015.”

Clive Bartas, from Bradford Rail Users Group, said it was important to have a station in Low Moor, as roads in Spen regularly got clogged with commuters.

He said: “If we are serious about unblocking the roads in the area, we need to invest more in the railways.

“The roads between Bradford and Sheffield are always clogged up as that is the only way that people can commute to work from Spen.”

Following a public consultation on the proposals for the station last November, the original plans said the station would hopefully be opened by December 2013. A revised date of 2014 was then set, but it will now be 2015.

The original railway station closed in 1965 and residents in South Bradford, along with ward councillors, have been pushing hard for a replacement station for years.

The plans for the new station in New Works Road off Cleckheaton Road, which will be situated on the Caldervale Line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax Rail Stations, also include a 117-space car park with dedicated disabled persons parking bays, drop off point and cycle parking.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are still in discussions with Northern Rail and Metro. We want to look at some of the issues, and we are hoping to work through them.”