What has been done so far?

Calderdale is being transformed.  Calderdale Council’s aspiration is to grow the economy, reduce inequality and build a sustainable future.

Elland station and the wider access package have been identified as one investment that will improve the transport network in Calderdale, improve connectivity across Elland, and support local business.  Funding for the Elland Access Package (including Elland rail station) has been identified through the West Yorkshire ‘Plus’ Transport Fund which aims to further growth by improving the City Region’s roads and railways, connecting people to jobs, and transporting goods to markets.

Elland station and wider access package are jointly managed by Calderdale Council, who are developing the wider access package, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority who are developing Elland rail station.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority have appointed a development partner to progress the design options for a proposed new rail station at Elland on the Calder Valley line.  The Outline Business Case including technical and business works will be completed by the end of 2018.

What other locations for the station have been considered?

Three locations have been considered including the proposed location.  (1) A location east of Lowfields Way off the Elland Riorges Link and (2) a location north of Exley Lane which was the site of the former station, closed in 1962.  These two locations were discounted at option selection stage. (1) was discounted due to the need to acquire third party land and the limited availability of land for car parking . (2) was discounted due to the need to purchase third party land and a less desirable connectivity to the access package and highway network. 

Where will the proposed new Elland station be located?

The proposed new station at Elland would be located off Lowfields Way on the existing Calder Valley line.  Due to engineering, environmental and operational constraints and the availability of land, the location of the proposed station is preferred and the most appropriate.  The station platforms would be positioned on the existing embankments at an elevated level, with lift and stepped access provided from the car park level.

What is the purpose of the station?

·  To improve journey time reliability for journeys to/from Elland.

·  Provide opportunity to park & ride

·  Increase rail mode share for journeys to/from Elland in order to achieve sustainable growth.

·  Relieve road congestion including on the A629

·  Increase the labour market catchment of Elland in order to attract new investment and retain existing employers

·  Increase accessibility of Elland from within and beyond the City Region

Facilitate future housing growth in Elland and western parts of Brighouse by reducing transport constraints to development

Why was Elland station not delivered when originally planned at the same time as Brighouse station which opened in 2000?

West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s proposals for a new station at Elland where not progressed in 1999/2000 due to a lack of available funding at the time.

What does the Elland Access Package include?

Alongside the development of a new rail station for Elland, a package of improvements has been developed to improve walking and cycling access to the proposed station location from across the town and wider area.  These proposed measures includes three new pedestrian and cycle bridges crossing the River Calder and Calder Hebble Navigation, improvements to existing pedestrian and cycle routes and public enhancement across the project area.

Is the proposed railway station at Elland definitely going ahead?

Elland Station and the wider access package have been included in the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund programme.  Capital funding is approved and secured to develop the station and the wider access package up to the completion of Outline Business Case.  While funding for the project has been identified, further development and implementation of the scheme will be subject to the assurance processes of the Combined Authority, the viability of the business case and the relevant statutory and rail industry approvals.  

When is it likely to be open?

Given the early stage of development it is not possible to state when the station will open. Current programmes anticipate construction starting in 2021/2022, however this is subject to the assurance processes of the Combined Authority, the viability of the business case and the relevant statutory and rail industry approvals. 

What improvements will be made to the local road and pedestrian and cycling network surrounding the proposed Elland station?

Alongside the development of a new rail station for Elland, a package of improvements has been developed to improve walking and cycling access to the proposed station location from across the town and the wider area. These proposed measures include three new pedestrian and cycle bridges crossing the River Calder and Calder Hebble Navigation, improvements to existing pedestrian and cycle routes and public realm enhancements across the project area

How will the new station be funded?

Funding has been identified within the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund programme. Capital funding is approved and secured to develop the station and the wider access package up to the completion of Outline Business Case.  While funding for the project has been identified, further development and implementation of the scheme will be subject to the assurance processes of the Combined Authority, the viability of the business case and the relevant statutory and rail industry approvals.  The project is subject to approval at a number of stages prior to the start of construction to ensure the project continues to show value for money. Funding will only be released should the project receive approval at these decision points.  


How much will the new station cost?

The anticipated cost of the station is still being determined as part of the development process. The typical cost of a brand new rail station is over £10m

What provision will the station have for car parking?

The station car park will utilise the land south of the railway line off Lowfields Way.  It is estimated that more than 150 parking spaces can be accommodated.  The car park will incorporate parking spaces for blue badge holders, an area for drop-off/pick-up, cycle storage facilities, low energy lighting and CCTV.

Will station car parking be charged?

Most rail station car parks in West Yorkshire do not apply charging, however, some locations are charged on a case-by-case basis.  Charging will continued to be considered on a case-by-case basis if it is beneficial to the business case of the scheme which ultimately brings benefit to the passengers.  No decision has been made about whether the rail user car parking will be charged or not at this stage. 

What improvements will be made to local bus services to get to/from the station?

An existing layby on Lowfields Way could be repurposed to accommodate regular bus services although no current bus services operate via Lowfields Way.  Any future changes to local bus services will be subject to future discussion with bus operators.

Will buses stop in the station car park?

In order to fully utilise land available for car parking it is currently not proposed to provide bus facilities within the station car park.  Bus facilities could be provided on Lowfields Way.

What train services will call at the station?

Development of a suitable train services timetable on this route will be a continuous process throughout the development of this project.  Our current intention is to achieve a minimum of a two trains per hour service pattern at this location.  We will continue to work with the relevant train operators and the Transport for North to deliver the most appropriate timetable that meets the needs of passengers based on the network capacity and the availability and suitability of the rolling stock.  


Will the station be staffed?

Based on the anticipated footfall of the station, the station will be categorised as an unstaffed station.  The train operator may choose to increase the provision of staff at unstaffed stations in the future. 

What passenger waiting facilities will the station have?

The station will have passenger waiting shelters provided on both platforms.

Will the station have facilities to purchase a ticket?

Ticket Vending Machines will be provided at the station on both platforms. 

Will the station have toilets?

It is not proposed that the station will be equipped with toilet facilities.  All trains calling at the station are equipped with on-board toilet facilities.

Will the station have lifts and be complaint to modern accessibility standards?

Yes, the station will be fully accessible with the provision of passenger lifts from ground level to  platforms level. Cross platform access will be provided on the ground level via Lowfields Way with widened footway.

How many carriages will the platforms be able to accommodate? Wil this be able to cater for future growth?

The platforms are currently designed to be 125m in length, this is constrained by the structure of the adjacent two bridges. Following discussion with train operators and Network Rail, it has been established that this is sufficient to meet the requirements of the likely services. 

Has an Environmental Impact Assessment been carried out?

No, the need for an environmental impact assessment will be determined during the next stage of development as part of the statutory planning processes. 

Has a Transport Impact Assessment been carried out?

No, the need for a transport impact assessment will be determined during the next stage of development. 


Who will be responsible for operating and managing the station?

Our current assumption is Northern will operate and manage the station.  This, however, might be subject to change as the station is more developed and this will be reviewed as part of the wider considerations for the Combined Authority.

Will the station have CCTV?

The station will be covered by a CCTV system including cameras located throughout the station platforms and car park.

What facilities will be provided for cyclists?

The station will have covered cycle parking with low energy lighting and covered by CCTV.

What other engagement will be taking place in the future?

Future engagement activities will be confirmed during the next stage of development. Further public engagement events will take place together with further online engagement. We are keen to give the public the chance to comment at every step along the way and keep you informed of progress.