A computer-generated image of what Kirkstall Forge Station will look like when completed.
The City of Leeds has scheduled the opening of the new Kirkstall Forge train station for October this year. The project was embarked on about five years ago.
Leeds West MP, Rachel Reeves, was elated by the announcement of the opening of the new train station which will give commuter between Bradford and Leeds a six-minute link to the city centre.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the first train pull into the station,” she said.
Part of the £10million funding for the new Kirkstall Forge station came from the Department for Transport.
The new station will come with it economic benefits for the area. Because of the new station, the former Kirkstall Forge site has been earmarked for transformational development that will see more than 1,000 new homes built there.
The project will also contribute to the community in terms of employment of around 2,400 new jobs. The private sector investment to the area has been estimated at £400million.
“The station unlocks a major development in Kirkstall, which is set to stimulate the local economy and will ultimately be a catalyst for major regeneration, much-needed housing delivery and job creation on a brownfield site,” Ms Reeves said, adding, “It will also transform travel times into Leeds and Bradford.”
The new train station is expected to help reduce traffic on busy routes between Leeds and Bradford. This would also ease traffic congestion in Leeds city centre.