Extra services set for Kirkstall Forge Station

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Plans: Kirkstall Forge Station.

Kirkstall Forge Station is set for an additional five peak-hour stops, according to the latest Northern Rail timetable.

Frustrated commuters using Kirkstall Forge have been calling for extra services since its opening in June 2016.

Predicted annual passenger numbers were surpassed within the first five months of the station opening and almost 430 people are now using the service each day, with more than 35% walking or cycling to the station.

Jon Kenny, development director of Kirkstall Forge developers CEG, said:

“Kirkstall Forge railway station has opened up new transport opportunities for the local community, as well as the 10,000 residents, visitors and workers who will live, work and visit the site as it evolves over the next decade.

“With up to 1,000 staff moving into Number One Kirkstall Forge the 150% increase in passenger numbers will undoubtedly rise again and we look forward to seeing more services announced in the coming year.”

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves, who has campaigned for extra services at the station, welcomed the move but said more would need to be done.  As reported last month, Ms Reeves is to meet with the secretary of state for Transport to lobby for more services. She said:

“The train station is being well used and I am delighted that there are now going to be some additional trains at peak times. This follows lobbying by myself as well as Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.

“However, we all know that there is much more to do, and we want to see trains stopping much more frequently. I will continue to lobby for more train services from next year, when the May timetable is announced. Having ample free parking, good access by foot and a regular train service will ensure the best deal for local people.”

MP Rachel Reeves at Kirkstall Forge Station

CEG is leading the £400million Kirkstall Forge development. Zenith, CEG and Butlers bar/restaurant are the first occupiers in Number One Kirkstall Forge and it is now 70% let.


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