New West Yorkshire station takes one year’s traffic in five months
Patronage at the new Kirkstall Forge station in West Yorkshire has far exceeded expectations: 21,400 journeys were made to Leeds in the first five months, as against the annual 20,200 forecast.
The disclosure was made at Landor’s 2017 Rail Stations & Property Conference.
The station opened in June 2016 and followed the opening of Apperley Bridge station in December 2015. The combined cost was £16.0m; funding was provided by the DfT (£9.6m), developer CEG (£5.1m), and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (£1.3m).
A WYCA spokesman informed 21CR that as both stations were part of the same scheme a further cost disaggregation was not possible.
The project is part of a wider private sector mixed use development including 1,000 new homes, as well as office, retail and leisure facilities.
Despite having a high BCR (benefit: cost ratio) of 4.5: 1 – or more than twice the DfT 2:1 benchmark – the local TOC had to be paid to get trains to stop at the station.