Consultation regarding the future of Cottingley Rail Station

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority has considered the closure of Cottingley Rail Station due to the construction of a new, more accessible station 800m from Cottingley at White Rose. White Rose Rail Station will have extensive walking and cycling routes to and from the wider community.

Why are we considering closing Cottingley Rail Station?

It is not possible for trains to stop at both Cottingley and White Rose as the stations are so close together. Therefore, the options for the existing station at Cottingley are as follows:

  • Replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose. This is the preferred option because of the low usage and lack of step-free access at Cottingley.
  • Construct the new station at White Rose and run in addition to the existing station at Cottingley. This option would involve a very infrequent service at Cottingley and the low usage of the station may encourage anti-social behaviour. Keeping Cottingley Rail Station in service could also weaken the case to fund an extensive walking and cycling plan, which is part of the White Rose Rail Station development.

For these reasons, the preferred option is to replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose, with extensive walking and cycling routes linking Cottingley to the station.

Previously considered options were not taken forward for the following reasons:

  • Keep the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option has not been taken forward because Cottingley station does not meet current accessibility standards.
  • Upgrade the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option was not taken forward for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Cottingley is situated further from businesses, education opportunities and the nearby shopping centre. Secondly, White Rose is being progressed with a combination of public and private funding which would not have been available for Cottingley.


White Rose Rail Station

The new rail station is being constructed in south Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main Transpennine rail route, 800 metres south of the existing Cottingley Rail Station, near the White Rose Office Park.

The new station at White Rose will serve local communities, commuters to the office park, Elliott Hudson College and visitors to the White Rose Shopping Centre.

The station proposals have been shared on two occasions, where the public were invited to provide their feedback and views. Since then, the planning application for the new station has been approved, designs have been finalised and construction begun in March 2022. Construction is due to be completed in 2023.


Access to White Rose Rail Station

The location of the new station has a wider catchment area than the existing station at Cottingley. It will continue to serve the existing Cottingley catchment, in addition to serving the population of Churwell, Millshaw and Brown Hill. Existing users of Cottingley who access the station from the North will incur some additional walking time to access the White Rose station. However, there are extensive provisions within the design to improve walking and cycling routes linking the station to nearby settlements.


Your feedback

We conducted various consultation sessions to gather your thoughts about the proposals for Cottingley Rail Station.


Webinars

We held a series of free online webinars on the future of Cottingley Rail Station in July, August and September 2021. These webinars sought to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the plans for Cottingley and White Rose Rail Station. Details of these webinars, and select recordings are available below:

Date*

Time

Registration Details

Wednesday 21 July 2021

13:00 – 14:00

This webinar has now passed

Monday 9 August 2021

10:00 – 11:00

Monday 13 September 2021

18:00 19:00


Drop-in sessions

We also hosted a drop-in session at White Rose Shopping Centre on Thursday 19 August 2021. The session gave people an opportunity to talk to the project team about the future of Cottingley Rail Station and complete a consultation survey, as well as providing an update on the new White Rose Rail Station.


White Rose Office Park

Additionally, a dedicated display of the proposals has been available for public viewing in the Planning Cabin located at White Rose Office Park throughout the consultation period.


Public Consultation

A survey was made available online between Monday 12 July 2021 to Monday 4 October 2021 for the public to provide their feedback on the proposed plans for Cottingley and White Rose. The results of which are available in the consultation outcome report.


Stakeholder Consultation

Following identification of additional stakeholders with station access agreements for Cottingley Rail Station, a further consultation took place between July and October 2022, from which no comments or queries were raised. An addendum to the Consultation Outcome Report on The Future of Cottingley Rail Station has been published, detailing the results of this additional consultation and is available in the consultation outcome report.


Contact

If you are having difficulty accessing the consultation results, or need the report in an alternative format, you can get in touch via:

Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline information service)

Post: FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

Q&A: Ask a question using the ‘Questions’ tab at the bottom of the page.


Next steps

In line with the Station Closure Guidelines, should the consultation and the case for closure result in a decision that Cottingley Rail Station should be closed, then it is proposed the station would be closed between spring and winter 2023, noting that these timescales may be subject to any changes throughout the construction period.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has considered the closure of Cottingley Rail Station due to the construction of a new, more accessible station 800m from Cottingley at White Rose. White Rose Rail Station will have extensive walking and cycling routes to and from the wider community.

Why are we considering closing Cottingley Rail Station?

It is not possible for trains to stop at both Cottingley and White Rose as the stations are so close together. Therefore, the options for the existing station at Cottingley are as follows:

  • Replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose. This is the preferred option because of the low usage and lack of step-free access at Cottingley.
  • Construct the new station at White Rose and run in addition to the existing station at Cottingley. This option would involve a very infrequent service at Cottingley and the low usage of the station may encourage anti-social behaviour. Keeping Cottingley Rail Station in service could also weaken the case to fund an extensive walking and cycling plan, which is part of the White Rose Rail Station development.

For these reasons, the preferred option is to replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose, with extensive walking and cycling routes linking Cottingley to the station.

Previously considered options were not taken forward for the following reasons:

  • Keep the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option has not been taken forward because Cottingley station does not meet current accessibility standards.
  • Upgrade the existing station at Cottingley and not provide an additional station at White Rose. This option was not taken forward for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Cottingley is situated further from businesses, education opportunities and the nearby shopping centre. Secondly, White Rose is being progressed with a combination of public and private funding which would not have been available for Cottingley.


White Rose Rail Station

The new rail station is being constructed in south Leeds on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main Transpennine rail route, 800 metres south of the existing Cottingley Rail Station, near the White Rose Office Park.

The new station at White Rose will serve local communities, commuters to the office park, Elliott Hudson College and visitors to the White Rose Shopping Centre.

The station proposals have been shared on two occasions, where the public were invited to provide their feedback and views. Since then, the planning application for the new station has been approved, designs have been finalised and construction begun in March 2022. Construction is due to be completed in 2023.


Access to White Rose Rail Station

The location of the new station has a wider catchment area than the existing station at Cottingley. It will continue to serve the existing Cottingley catchment, in addition to serving the population of Churwell, Millshaw and Brown Hill. Existing users of Cottingley who access the station from the North will incur some additional walking time to access the White Rose station. However, there are extensive provisions within the design to improve walking and cycling routes linking the station to nearby settlements.


Your feedback

We conducted various consultation sessions to gather your thoughts about the proposals for Cottingley Rail Station.


Webinars

We held a series of free online webinars on the future of Cottingley Rail Station in July, August and September 2021. These webinars sought to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the plans for Cottingley and White Rose Rail Station. Details of these webinars, and select recordings are available below:

Date*

Time

Registration Details

Wednesday 21 July 2021

13:00 – 14:00

This webinar has now passed

Monday 9 August 2021

10:00 – 11:00

Monday 13 September 2021

18:00 19:00


Drop-in sessions

We also hosted a drop-in session at White Rose Shopping Centre on Thursday 19 August 2021. The session gave people an opportunity to talk to the project team about the future of Cottingley Rail Station and complete a consultation survey, as well as providing an update on the new White Rose Rail Station.


White Rose Office Park

Additionally, a dedicated display of the proposals has been available for public viewing in the Planning Cabin located at White Rose Office Park throughout the consultation period.


Public Consultation

A survey was made available online between Monday 12 July 2021 to Monday 4 October 2021 for the public to provide their feedback on the proposed plans for Cottingley and White Rose. The results of which are available in the consultation outcome report.


Stakeholder Consultation

Following identification of additional stakeholders with station access agreements for Cottingley Rail Station, a further consultation took place between July and October 2022, from which no comments or queries were raised. An addendum to the Consultation Outcome Report on The Future of Cottingley Rail Station has been published, detailing the results of this additional consultation and is available in the consultation outcome report.


Contact

If you are having difficulty accessing the consultation results, or need the report in an alternative format, you can get in touch via:

Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline information service)

Post: FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

Q&A: Ask a question using the ‘Questions’ tab at the bottom of the page.


Next steps

In line with the Station Closure Guidelines, should the consultation and the case for closure result in a decision that Cottingley Rail Station should be closed, then it is proposed the station would be closed between spring and winter 2023, noting that these timescales may be subject to any changes throughout the construction period.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Whats the point its already been passed nothing we say about it will do any differance its always the case

    Susey asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your enquiry. 


    Please let us assure you that the closure of Cottingley station has not already been agreed. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority intend to submit an application to close Cottingley, and this application will be assessed by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) who are the only organisation that can ratify a station closure. This ratification can take up to 12 months. 


    This consultation is an opportunity for all who are affected to provide their views on the potential closure of Cottingley. Following the closure of the consultation on 4th October, a report will be produced summarising the responses to the consultation. This will then be submitted to the ORR, who have up to 12 months to make their assessment.

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