Thorpe Park Rail Station

Transforming our rail network

In 2016 we started a conversation with people who live and work in Leeds about the future of transport in the city. We had more than 8,000 responses, with a clear message that you want to see improvements to public transport.

You told us what your issues are and what you would like us to change.

Your views helped us shape the vision for the city’s transport strategy, which led to the development of the Connecting Leeds vision.

Visit leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds (opens in a new tab) for more information.

Improving our rail network is an important part of the strategy and we would like to improve journeys for existing passengers as well as attracting new users.

With significant development and investments across the city we must make sure our rail network connects us to where we want to go; within Leeds, regionally and nationally. We also want to make sure we are ready to maximise the benefits of future opportunities such as High Speed Two (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

We want to provide better access to jobs and training opportunities, and reduce costly congestion on our roads and improve air quality, which means increasing the number of people choosing to travel by train, bus, bicycle and on foot.

We also want to encourage and enable further investment in new and better services, and ensure continual improvements that will benefit everyone. A new station could help achieve this and supplement investment that train operators are already putting into the route to create a high-quality rail network and increase the number of rail users.

Development of new rail stations

Planning and developing new rail stations for Leeds is being done in a number of phases. At this stage we have highlighted three areas around the city that have the potential for new stations. This potential is based on predicted rail user demand, potential development and the accessibility of the locations.

We are sharing initial plans for White Rose and Thorpe Park in July 2018 and intend to share plans for a Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway later in 2018.

The stations we are proposing are at their earliest stage of development and we will invite feedback from the public at a number of stages, as plans progress.

It is not known at this time if all three stations are possible, but we want to give you the opportunity to comment at every step along the way, and to keep you informed of progress.

Thorpe Park Rail Station

A new rail station with park and ride facilities is proposed at Thorpe Park on the Leeds to York/Selby line, approximately two kilometres east of the existing Cross Gates station.

A station at this site would benefit a large number of local residents who currently commute to central Leeds or to York by creating an attractive and efficient connection with reduced journey times to the city centres. It would also attract people commuting by car from further afield who currently travel through East Leeds neighbourhoods and would help to take cars off the road that will in turn improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

The station could also offer opportunities for an interchange with bus services as these expand into the new housing areas to be developed in the East Leeds Extension and into Thorpe Park.

Objectives:

  • Serve the established and expanding business park, providing improved transport links for employees and visitors
  • Connecting people to jobs in existing and new developments around the area
  • An accessible station for all users
  • Better serve the local demand (with potential park and ride for commuters)
  • Encourage more people to travel by public transport which in turn would improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions

We want to know what the key issues are for you as a current or potential rail user or a local resident. You can give us your comments by viewing our initial plans and designs, and completing our survey.


We are hosting some public drop-in events to display initial plans and designs. At the events you can speak to those involved in developing the scheme and learn more about Thorpe Park rail station. Details of these events are on the back page of this leaflet.

To find out more about the whole programme, including bus consultations, visit

leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds. If you have any questions, would like to receive more information by post, or would like a large print or braille copy of this leaflet, please contact us: transportprojects@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or 0113 245 7676.

A station at Thorpe Park could:

  • Improve rail access for local residents in the East Leeds area
  • Form part of wider plans for new transport infrastructure across the East Leed Extension, offering integrated public transport for existing and new residents
  • Improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions by taking cars off the road
  • Provide a potential park and ride for commuters with over 500 car parking spaces
  • Serve the established and expanding business park, providing improved transport links for employees and visitors to new office, leisure and retail facilities
  • Help employers have access to a wider labour network by creating a better connection to the city and beyond, and reducing journey times

Transforming our rail network

In 2016 we started a conversation with people who live and work in Leeds about the future of transport in the city. We had more than 8,000 responses, with a clear message that you want to see improvements to public transport.

You told us what your issues are and what you would like us to change.

Your views helped us shape the vision for the city’s transport strategy, which led to the development of the Connecting Leeds vision.

Visit leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds (opens in a new tab) for more information.

Improving our rail network is an important part of the strategy and we would like to improve journeys for existing passengers as well as attracting new users.

With significant development and investments across the city we must make sure our rail network connects us to where we want to go; within Leeds, regionally and nationally. We also want to make sure we are ready to maximise the benefits of future opportunities such as High Speed Two (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

We want to provide better access to jobs and training opportunities, and reduce costly congestion on our roads and improve air quality, which means increasing the number of people choosing to travel by train, bus, bicycle and on foot.

We also want to encourage and enable further investment in new and better services, and ensure continual improvements that will benefit everyone. A new station could help achieve this and supplement investment that train operators are already putting into the route to create a high-quality rail network and increase the number of rail users.

Development of new rail stations

Planning and developing new rail stations for Leeds is being done in a number of phases. At this stage we have highlighted three areas around the city that have the potential for new stations. This potential is based on predicted rail user demand, potential development and the accessibility of the locations.

We are sharing initial plans for White Rose and Thorpe Park in July 2018 and intend to share plans for a Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway later in 2018.

The stations we are proposing are at their earliest stage of development and we will invite feedback from the public at a number of stages, as plans progress.

It is not known at this time if all three stations are possible, but we want to give you the opportunity to comment at every step along the way, and to keep you informed of progress.

Thorpe Park Rail Station

A new rail station with park and ride facilities is proposed at Thorpe Park on the Leeds to York/Selby line, approximately two kilometres east of the existing Cross Gates station.

A station at this site would benefit a large number of local residents who currently commute to central Leeds or to York by creating an attractive and efficient connection with reduced journey times to the city centres. It would also attract people commuting by car from further afield who currently travel through East Leeds neighbourhoods and would help to take cars off the road that will in turn improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

The station could also offer opportunities for an interchange with bus services as these expand into the new housing areas to be developed in the East Leeds Extension and into Thorpe Park.

Objectives:

  • Serve the established and expanding business park, providing improved transport links for employees and visitors
  • Connecting people to jobs in existing and new developments around the area
  • An accessible station for all users
  • Better serve the local demand (with potential park and ride for commuters)
  • Encourage more people to travel by public transport which in turn would improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions

We want to know what the key issues are for you as a current or potential rail user or a local resident. You can give us your comments by viewing our initial plans and designs, and completing our survey.


We are hosting some public drop-in events to display initial plans and designs. At the events you can speak to those involved in developing the scheme and learn more about Thorpe Park rail station. Details of these events are on the back page of this leaflet.

To find out more about the whole programme, including bus consultations, visit

leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds. If you have any questions, would like to receive more information by post, or would like a large print or braille copy of this leaflet, please contact us: transportprojects@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or 0113 245 7676.

A station at Thorpe Park could:

  • Improve rail access for local residents in the East Leeds area
  • Form part of wider plans for new transport infrastructure across the East Leed Extension, offering integrated public transport for existing and new residents
  • Improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions by taking cars off the road
  • Provide a potential park and ride for commuters with over 500 car parking spaces
  • Serve the established and expanding business park, providing improved transport links for employees and visitors to new office, leisure and retail facilities
  • Help employers have access to a wider labour network by creating a better connection to the city and beyond, and reducing journey times

We have created an extensive list of frequently asked questions and you can find these on our Thorpe Park rail station engagement page.  However, if you have another question, please write it here and we will try to get a response back as soon as possible.

Q&A

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  • Why aren't you providing Exhibitions of the Plans and proposals at Rail Stations such as Cross Gates or Garfiorth where local residents who use rail travel in the local area can offer their views? Cross Gates and Garforth are already used by residents as Park and Ride but may be better served by Thorpe Park and it would be helpful for you to consider the real audience that this will benefit so everyone can be informed and you can gain a more rounded view of local rail user opinions.

    Oliver asked 10 days ago

    Plans of the proposed rail station for Thorpe Park will be exhibited at Cross Gates Station on Thursday 19th July and at Garforth Station on Friday 20th July. Both exhibitions will be around station buildings and platforms between 06:45 – 09:15. Officers from the Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will be present to address any questions and collect feedback and views.

  • qill the new stations connect with Cross Gates?

    atr asked 4 days ago

    At this stage, it is envisaged that some of those services calling at Thorpe Park would be likely to call at Cross Gates in both directions. By the time a proposed rail station at Thorpe Park would open, a new train timetable will be in operation. It should be noted that the current timetable assumptions may have changed and the exact stopping patterns for Thorpe Park would be confirmed shortly before the station opening date. 

  • Will the park and ride trains , stop at cross gates on way to Leeds , and on r3turn

    Brendan asked 5 days ago

    At this stage, it is envisaged that some of those services calling at Thorpe Park would be likely to call at Cross Gates in both directions. By the time a proposed rail station at Thorpe Park would open, a new train timetable will be in operation. It should be noted that the current timetable assumptions may have changed and the exact stopping patterns for Thorpe Park would be confirmed shortly before the station opening date. 

  • If there are no other station closures, and far more parking than Garforth or Cross Gates, can some of the land between Garforth station and Bar Lane (on the south side) be used to create two new track beds and a new platform 2? If not, where and how are fast trains going to overtake the stopping services?

    Tim Staddon asked 12 days ago

    Proposals for a new rail station at Thorpe Park do not include scope for creation of new tracks or platforms at Garforth. The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will continue to collaborate with the Department for Transport and Network Rail to ensure proposals for Thorpe Park compliment route wide aspirations for the Leeds-York/Selby Line on the Trans Pennine Railway. We will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this entire route, considering operational capacity.

  • The stopping trains that use this line do not just call at Crossgates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield. They also call at South Milford, Church Fenton and Ulleskelf depending upon their destination. Will you be considering the needs of these established stations when adjusting the timetables to allow for an additional stop on this very busy line?

    Barker84 asked 11 days ago

    The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this entire route. Both Northern and Transpennine Express franchises are committed to introduce new trains and more carriages within the current franchises. We are working with the operators on the route through Rail North to influence their timetable and deployment of rolling stock so that trains are deployed in the way that benefits passengers.

  • Are you planning on improving the facilities at any of the local stations e.g. South Milford, if so what and when?

    Michelle asked 12 days ago

    South Milford Rail Station sits outside of the West Yorkshire Boundary. Within West Yorkshire on the Leeds – York/Selby Line, as well as the new station at Thorpe Park, the Combined Authority is promoting an accessibility improvement scheme at Cross Gates and investigating the feasibility of a potential car park extension at Garforth. Network Rail are also developing an accessibility proposal for Garforth station.

  • Are you planning to close South Milford Station - is this why you have introduced parking charges to try and force passengers to the vastly improved Micklefield station?

    Michelle asked 12 days ago

    A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    South Milford rail station sits outside of the West Yorkshire Boundary and is managed by the train operating company Northern who have introduced parking charges.

  • What's happening regarding building a railway station Leeds Bradford Airport? As the current state of the roads/traffic could be reduced especially for North West Leeds. Then also bring benefits to LBA and to the city of Leeds since LBA is growing rapidly.

    Tom Rhodes asked 12 days ago

    Proposals are being developed for Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway station in partnership with Leeds City Council. A period of public engagement will take place for LBA Parkway later in 2018. Public engagement proposals are still developed, updates will be made available via the Combined Authority website as they become available.

  • Train services to Garforth/East Garforth have been steadily reduced over the past years. Will you guarantee this will not continue with the addition of another station? Please do not say it is too early to know as I think you will know. Additionally will the number of carriages in trains be increased? The trains are already overcrowded.

    CH@LS25 asked 11 days ago

    The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route. Both Northern and Transpennine Express franchises are committed to introduce new trains and more carriages within the current franchises. We are working with the operators on the route through Rail North to influence their timetable and deployment of rolling stock so that trains are deployed in the way that benefits passengers.

  • How will the new station affect the temple green park and ride? The investment in the park and ride was huge - wil this undermine the use of the service?

    TianaWalker asked 11 days ago

    The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council, has appointed a development partner to progress the business case for a rail station at Thorpe Park. The Outline Business case including technical and business case work will be completed by spring 2019. As part of this business case, modelling will be undertaken to assess the catchment for Thorpe Park and any potential extraction from Temple Green Park & Ride, and other Rail stations on the Leeds – York / Selby Line. Both bus and rail park and ride are vital to the support the economic growth and ambitions of the city and the arrival of HS2.

  • Will this new Thorpe Park station have any impact on East Garforth station and the services currently serving it? I use this station for my daily commute to Halifax and live within walking distance, so have an interest in anything that may impact this station.

    Gary Marshall asked 11 days ago

    A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.

  • The trains currently running on the proposed York/Selby line are already far too over crowded sometimes too full to take commuters during rush hours. Will the rail companies accommodate a potentially larger amount of commuters by adding more carriages or putting on more trains?

    Aimz18 asked 11 days ago

    The Combined Authority is aware that availability of train capacity and seating is a key challenge in this area in particular during peak hours.  We are working with the operators on the route through Rail North to influence their timetable and deployment of rolling stock so that trains are deployed in the way that benefits passengers.   In the medium and longer terms, the Combined Authority will work closely with the Department for Transport and Transport for North to support a case for further investment on rolling stock and train capacity. 

  • If this project should go ahead when would be the estimated opening of the new station?

    Max asked 11 days ago

    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 availability of funding, assurance processes of the Combined Authority, the viability of the business case and the relevant statutory and rail industry approvals 

  • What will happen to existing stations in the area (Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth) should this project go ahead

    Darren asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Will this bring about any closures of existing stations on the line??

    LS25MRL asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Does the development of this station mean that other stations along the line will be closed to compensate for this?

    SC101 asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Is the new Thorpe Park Rail Station going to replace those at Cross Gate and Garforth?

    Clive asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Will a new station mean a closure of any or all of East Garforth, Garforth or cross gates station as this would have a major impact on the local foot passengers at all three stations.

    Trisha asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Would the opening of a station at Thorpe Park lead to the closure of East Garforth station, as has been rumoured?

    JB asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Will any existing stations and users be adversely impacted by this station if given the go ahead? Will Cross Gates, Garforth or East Garforth see any reduction in services?

    Nathan Walker asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.


  • Will East Garforth station still be open? This is a very busy station that serves two large estates either side of the track and attracts passengers from outside of this area. It has wheelchair and pushchair access which Garforth station has never had.

    curlykim33 asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.

  • Does this mean that East Garforth station will have to close because if it does - I will not be able to support this.

    C Merrick asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to ask a question. A new rail station at Thorpe Park would be in addition to the existing stations at Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth and Micklefield on the Leeds to York/Selby line, and would not result in any station closures. 

    With regard to potential rail service, at this stage of development it is too early to know, however the Combined Authority will work with the rail industry and Transport for the North to work out a timetable that best serves the demand for passengers on this route.