Kirkstall Forge Station: “There’s no point opening new stations if trains don’t stop”

29 November 2017

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Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves is set to meet with the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the frequency of train services from Kirkstall Forge Station.

Ms Reeves told Chris Grayling during the Rail Update to MPs this afternoon that there was no point opening new train stations if authorities cannot get trains to stop at them.

The Transport Secretary agreed to a meeting with Ms Reeves following on from her question in the House of Commons.

As previously reported, the hourly services stopping at Kirkstall Forge station, which opened in June 2016, are failing to meet local demand for travel to Leeds city centre and out of Leeds.

MP Rachel Reeves at Kirkstall Forge Station

Ms Reeves said:

“It is vital that more trains stop at Kirkstall Forge to unlock the new development’s full potential when it comes to jobs and growth.  There is no point opening new train stations if we cannot get trains to stop at them.

“I’m glad the Transport Secretary has agreed to meet me as I have been pushing Arriva Rail North (Northern) to improve local services and get more trains stopping. Improving the services at Kirkstall Forge is crucial when it comes to securing better transport links to help both travellers and businesses.”

Kirkstall Forge Station is part of the multi-million pound Kirkstall Forge development. It opened last year and exceeded its projected annual passenger numbers in its first five months.

The £16 million station, which had seen its opening delayed due to over-running building work, was heralded as a new “transport hub” for West Leeds, part of a huge development at the former industrial site.




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Bob says:

Sounds easy, but when the timetable is so tight finding an extra 2-3 minutes to enable more services to stop isn’t easy.