Poll: Could re-opening Kirkstall Station alleviate traffic congestion?

8 April 2019

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An environmental campaigner in West Leeds is leading calls for Kirkstall Station to be reopened.

Paul Chatterton started the debate on social media today – and said there was also a need to reinstate the four tracks at Kirkstall Bridge.

The original Kirkstall station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1860 and closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts. Originally located between Kirkstall Forge and Armley’s Canal Road, near to today’s Wyther Lane, it had been moved north of it by 1906.

Mr Chatterton Tweeted:

Matthew Skelton replied:

“Could a new station near Redcote Lane – serving Kirkstall, Armley, and Burley – potentially work better?”

@muddlethroughmum tweeted:

“Is the old platform still there? Maybe it could be dug out and only used for occasions. Some football clubs have occasional stops, couldn’t name any 😊”

What do you think? Have your say in our poll below:


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David Hodgson says:

They should open up the power station road as well, 1 way from Wyther Lane to Kirkstall Road. It would cut out 5 sets of traffic lights and the massive congestion around Morrisons and the new shops. I used it on my motorcycle in the 1970s, I estimate it would take 10/15 minutes off the journey at rush hour.

Andrew Cawood says:

With less than a ten minute journey into Leeds this has to be a good idea to reopen Kirkstall Station.There is plenty of open space for ample car parking the other side of the road bridge from this photo.Afraid all the platforms were taken out so it would need a complete rebuild.