Low Moor Station Opening Date

8:30am, Sunday 2nd April 2017.

The first train in 50 years will depart from Low Moor on Sunday 2nd April, after years of tireless campaigning, the station will finally open.

The station is the culmination of work by BRUG, the Friends of Low Moor Station, local councillors, Bradford Council and WYCA.

Come down to the station and celebrate the transformation of the station, and a new future for Low Moor and Bradford South.

Bradford Forster Square Refurbishment

£15million has been secured by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to refurbish Bradford Forster Square railway station. (Article in the T&A)

The construction is due to start in 2018 with an estimated completion in 2021.

BRUG has complained that the access to the station has let the station down for many years, the stairwell and lifts close early on an evening, which means that access to the station from the city centre is via the dark cobbled footpath, which is often dark, and creates a perception of risk, which deters evening use of the station.

The plans will be discussed at the next BRUG meeting: 4th March 2016 at the Bradford Community and Voluntary Services.

Car Park, view from the HMRC building

Aerial view of the station and lift access from Cheapside and proposed meadow.

Platform view with new wooden platform canopies

View of the proposed meadow

Glazed Atrium over the lift entrance and station coffee shop

Waiting Rooms and Toilets

Plans of the refurbished station

Plans of the refurbished station

From what we have seen of the plans, this is an ambitious plan to re-develop Bradford Forster Square railway station, and we would like to invite the Council and Combined Authority to meet with us and discuss their proposals further.

“We are concerned that Bradford Interchange was not selected as their prime redevelopment station, it is a life expired station with a huge potential due to the upcoming redevelopment of the Caldervale line, new trains and new destinations. But all high quality investment in the Bradford stations is to be welcomed.

Station Entrance

The station re-development at Forster Square is cosmetic, but welcomed, the old lift and stairwell will be replaced with two open frame lift shafts. – Though we note no walking route, potentially through the meadow, is proposed.

There is also no planned retail/station (ticketing) offer on the Cheapside Entrance (or a wood & glass canopy), which we would like to have seen – We need to really ‘shout about’ the station directly below and draw passengers in.

Pod Shops

The ‘pods’ that will installed under the archways will be a welcome development, and we would encourage the council the consider deploying more along the route to the Midland Hotel making the most use of the available archways and a wonderful welcome as people enter the city and Broadway.

Evening Staffing / Access to waiting rooms / Toilets etc
We are concerned that the toilets and waiting room capacity could be limited and locked too early on an evening, we would hope that staffing at the station was extended in the evening to ensure these facilities, along with the coffee shop were open late into the evening, – coinciding with other facilities in the city – so that those leaving the theatres on an evening aren’t greeted with a dark (cold) station.
What more can we ask for?
We are interested to hear from the council what plans they have for the use of the station forecourt (including the pedestrian area). – With such a large forecourt it might have been possible to extend the retail / non-commercial offer for the station
We would have liked to have seen a secondary access to the station from Hamm Strasse – The existing centre platforms extend to Hamm Strasse and it would have been an additional way to bring passengers on to the station. We would hope that the Bike Hubs were extended throughout the city to encourage cycling in the city. Further we would like the station to have a greater connections with the bus network. We will be discussing the development plans at our next meeting on the 4th April and invite councillors and WYCA to attend.
Overall, we think that the development is extremely welcome, we would ask that station is equipped (and operated) with ticket barriers at all times to reduce fare evasion.

Apperley Bridge

The first passenger train to operate from Apperley Bridge railway station will depart at 08:42 to Bradford Forster Square on Sunday 13th December.

The last passenger train departed the station on 20th March 1965.

Join us on the platform for the reopening or tune into Radio Leeds from 8:30 on Sunday morning

Woodlands Gala Day (Sunday 26th July)

The Friends of Low Moor Station and Bradford Rail Users will have a stand at the Woodlands Cricket Club Gala day, come and visit our stand, and follow us on twitter @bradfordrail as we talk to local residents about the new railway station that is being built.

We’ll add some photos throughout the day!

Apperley Bridge Station / Kirkstall Forge

Construction at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge continue at a great pace…,

Apperley Bridge is due to open in August 2015 and Kirkstall Forge is due in October 2015.

Passengers travelling on the Airedale line between Leeds and Shipley will see construction underway as the platform sides and access routes are nearing completion.

Both stations will be served by the Bradford to Leeds services. Passengers to services along the Airedale line (Saltaire to Skipton and beyond, will need to change at Shipley.

Both stations will be immediately popular when they open later this year.

Low Moor – update

A quick update about Low Moor railway station.

The station is due to open within the December 2015 timetable. For non-rail experts that means it will open between 13th December 2015 and 14th May 2016.

Whilst this is a bit window of time, it is highly likely the station will open in January 2016.

The group is working closely with the Friends of Low Moor Station, local councillors and WYCA and others to ensure the station is opened as soon as possible.

BRUG and FOLMS will be hosting a stand at the Woodlands Cricket Club gala on Sunday 26th July talking to local residents about the new station. We hope to see you there!

Crossley Evans – Rail Freight in Bradford

Crossley Evans operates the last rail freight siding in Bradford district. Located in Shipley, the site is under threat from a supermarket development by Network Rail who want to sell the site.

In their recent fightback against the development Crossley Evans has unveiled a brand-new development plan that could revolutionise the site and increase employment to 200.

The site would deliver over 10,000 tonnes of freight onto the rail network. This is the only site in Bradford that can deliver this level of freight effectively onto the rail network. There are currently 3 sites being pursued by developers in Shipley, more information is available here.

BRUG supports the continuation of rail freight in Bradford and would support this scheme.

Low Moor Railway Station – Update

We have received confirmation that the Rail Standards Safety Board have issued a ‘Certificate of Deviation’ for Low Moor.

The certificate of deviation is required so that the railway station can be built on the existing curve. – It would have been extremely costly to attempt to straighten the track in the area – effectively moving the curve. However due the presence of a high-pressure gas main, and the risks of old mine working, for these important safety reasons the station can now be built on a curve. – Normally a new station cannot be built on a curve.

Network Rail and Metro have undertaken site testing and confirmed that the pre-existing curve will not cause an excess gap between the train and the platform. – A major concern of curved platforms.

This major stumbling block has now been removed. Funding for the station is still short by £1.7m, but £5.5m remains ring fenced. The station is due to open in December 2015.

You can support the developments by joining BRUG (£3p/a), or the Friends of Low Moor Railway Station

Low Moor Railway Station

Metro (WYITA) will be announcing a major milestone in the progress of Low Moor Railway Station on Friday. – Come back on Friday morning for an update when we will have the details!

Friends of Low Moor Railway Station

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Low Moor Station

The inaugural meeting of the “Friends of Low Moor Railway Station

Wednesday 27th February 2013 at 7pm

Victoria Park Bowling Club Hut
Cleckheaton Road, Oakenshaw, BD12 7AT

If you want to help with the re-opening of Low Moor station, please come along and lend your support.

£5.5 million of funding for the station is secure, but we need to help improve the business case the station to ensure that South Bradford gets its railway station back!

Bradford Council, Metro, Northern Rail and Network Rail all support the scheme. But we need the public’s support to help show the benefits this station will have to South Bradford & North Kirklees.

With public support the station could be open within 2 years!

For more information please follow @bradfordrug.

 

** The meeting is organised by the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office, Part of Bradford Council.

Low Moor railway station forum

Residents of Low Moor are invited to a forum meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Park House Road, Low Moor on Wednesday 23rd January from 7pm.

Councillors and Metro officials will update residents about the progress being made towards the construction of the new station.

By attending this meeting you will remind Bradford Council and Metro of the importance this station will play to the local community.

Google Map of Holy Trinity Church, Low Moor.

Low Moor railway station – pushed back further

Metro’s website has now been updated. Low Moor railway was previously due to open in “December 2014”. This has now been updated to “late 2014/early 2015”.

The most logical time for the station to open would be 14th December 2014, railway’s principal change date. And from a publicity aspect if the station was due to open early, then why change the date?

Therefore it is reasonable to assume that the date will actually be “early 2015”, and the most sensible time for introducing the service would be the 15th May 2015. 3 years away.

We are concerned that the station is being pushed down the track and that the residents of Low Moor will continue to have a railway line with no station! – The creation of a railway leads to economic growth and increase house values.

… with thanks to changedetection.com

“finding” Baildon railway station!

We all know that Baildon Railway station is located on Ridgewood Close, just off Station Road don’t we? Or that the grid reference for it is: 53° 51′ 0″ N, 1° 45′ 14.4″ W don’t we?

What if you didn’t know that? On Monday we went to find Baildon railway station, we walked, we drove, and we photographed.

We believe that if members of the public don’t know where a station is, or that it is has regular, reliable train services, how are we going to encourage more people to travel by public transport?
We set out to use the normal road signage to find the station. There is no signage for the station from the A6038 (Otley Road) either at the Junction Inn, Kirklands Lane or Roundwood Road. Whilst this may not be the primary catchment of Baildon station, it already limits who can find and use the station. The only clues that there is even a railway is the Victorian Viaduct crossing the River and Otley Road near Midland Road. – Whilst Saltaire station with no car-parking facilities has regular signage from Shipley to the Saltaire Roundabout.

Where is the railway station?

We went upto Baildon village to find any signage, it isn’t shown on the main posts near the roundabout.

We then decided to try find the station from Roundwood Road, as though we were coming from Guiseley, as we approached the railway bridge, we found a direction sign! But it was obscured by the weight restriction sign that had been placed over the front of it!

Spot the sign

When we continued up Roundwood Road we walked straight past the turning for the station as the 20ft tall sign outside the station could only have been seen if you were walking or driving backwards.

Station Sign

If this sign were nearer the road junction this would alleviate this part of this problem.

At the station there are very clear maps to show where the nearest, and correct, bus stop is for your continuing journey. However at the Bus stops and shelters, even at the bus stop labelled “Baildon Station” there is no map or guidance about the location of the train station. If the main station sign was moved up towards the road junction, this would make the station easier to find. Though a map similar to that at the railway station would be helpful at the bus shelter and bus-stops.

UPDATE: We have received feedback from Cllr Green of Bradford Council and from Cllr Lewis of Metro, they have forwarded our concerns about the lack of signage, and asked for Council Officers to investigate what works can be undertaken.

Axe attack at Keighley railway station

T&A: Axe attack on teenager at Keighley Railway Station.

If anyone has any information about any crime committed on the railway they should contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 (in an emergency call: 999)

Bradford CrossRail both reports

In the interests of fairness and to allow easy press reporting, both the Council’s CrossRail report and the Majority (of members) Report are available here:

Council report into Bradford Cross Rail

Working Group – Majority Report

Both reports call for the council to investigate protecting the route of the railway, calls for the council to lobby for better rail in Bradford and for a quick, fast and efficient link to any future HS2 station.

We know Westfield is major stumbling block, but CrossRail IS the opportunity to get Bradford’s economy back “on-track”.

Thanks must go to all members of the Cross Rail working group (and their families) for the hours that have gone into campaigning for the link and preparing the reports.

Bradford Cross Rail Working Group – Majority Report

BradfordIt is here! The majority report from the Bradford Cross Rail Working Group.

The Cross Rail Link Scrutiny Report will be presented the Regeneration, Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 27th October at 5:30pm in City Hall.

We hope you will all be able to attend.

The McNulty Review

BRUG’s next meeting (6th June 2011) we will be discussing Sir Roy McNulty’s review into Rail Value for Money.

The full report is available here, and the summary here.

The meeting will also discuss the recent announcement of extra carriages on the Caldervale line and Airedale lines.

A brief update on the Cross Rail project will also be provided. An unusual viewhttp://www.flickr.com/people/neilt/ of Bradford – the potential for Cross Rail.

UKIP supporting Bradford Cross-Rail

BRUG Chair and UKIP Candidate in Urban Garden

J.Vasey and Jason Smith of UKIP in Urban Garden

BRUG Chairman James Vasey met with UKIP Candidate Jason Smith in the Urban Garden (Westfield development site) on Friday evening to discuss plans to develop a rail link across the city.

Mr Smith was impressed by the Cross Rail vision which would help revive the city centre as a cultural tourist destination and attract new businesses to the lower Broadway and little Germany quarter of the city.

BRUG discussed Bradford Council’s current plans to move the existing Magistrates court next to the current Crown Court, which would impede the building of the line. The Odeon was discussed as a possible site for the Magistrates court.

During our tour of the city centre we discussed the number of vacant properties between the Urban Gardens and the “mirror pool“, BRUG pointed out this would become the main thoroughfare from a central Bradford station direct to the mirror pool area, and the regeneration benefits this would have upon this part of the city.

Mr Smith discussed UKIP’s plans for Bradford, supporting strong improvements in public transport and making the best use of the existing buildings in Bradford, rather than the council building new buildings at public expense.

Jason Smith is standing for election in the Queensbury ward, a full list of candidates is available from here.

BRUG would like to speak to representatives from all political parties before the local elections.

Extra Bradford Trains!

The Department for Transport is to redeploy 5 trains to West Yorkshire to help reduce over crowding.

The 5 new trains are Class 322, which are being redeployed from Scotland once the Class 380’s are introduced. The existing diesels that supplement the electric trains on the Airedale and Wharedale lines will be redeployed to the Caldervale line.

We have not yet had confirmation if the units will be refurbished before they are introduced onto the West Yorkshire network.

Cross Rail Task Force

Bradford Council’s Scrutiny Committee have agreed to form a task force to investigate the possibility of protecting the route between Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square.

Cllr Sykes, Thornton & Allerton

Cllr Sykes

The committee chaired by Cllr Sykes (pictured), agreed to forming a task-force following a packed meeting on Thursday 3rd February 2011.

The task-force will also investigate the options for Cross-Rail.

BRUG support the founding of this task force and will support its work.

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