Leeds City Region is celebrating the opening of an unprecedented third new rail station in 16 months.
Low Moor, between Bradford and Halifax, follows the opening of stations at Apperley Bridge - being used by over 20,000 people per month - in December 2015, and Kirkstall Forge – recently revealed to have exceeded its forecast 20,200 annual passengers in its first five months. It is opening ahead of schedule.
Over 500,000 passengers are expected to use the £10.8m Low Moor station, which will provide fast links to Bradford - 8 minutes, Halifax - 10 minutes, Leeds – 30 minutes and further afield Manchester and York. Local train services will be provided by Northern, while four Grand Central trains per day will provide direct links with London King Cross.
Video showing interviews from the official opening event at Low Moor Rail Station
Located close to the M62’s M606 Junction 27, it will attract park & ride users which will help reduce congestion in Bradford, Halifax and Leeds.
Low Moor Station is on the Calder Valley rail line which provides a vital second rail link across the Pennines between Yorkshire and the north West. West Yorkshire Combined Authority is pressing for an upgrade and electrification of the route, in addition to the planned electrification of the Leeds, Huddersfield, Manchester Trans-Pennine line.
Bradford, the UK’s youngest city with almost a quarter of its population aged under 25, has also just launched its #NextStopBradford campaign to secure a Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3) station in its city centre.
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