Thorpe Park Rail Station

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The first phase of public engagement regarding this station took place 2 July - 3 August 2018.

A report has been produced that includes all the comments received during the engagement period (2 July – 3 August 2018) and this feedback is currently being considered by the Combined Authority's rail team.

The report can be found here.

We envisage that the outline business case for the development of Thorpe Park Rail Station will be submitted to the Combined Authority for approval during Summer 2019. Subject to approval of this business case submission, we will be in a position to provide further information on the next phase of public consultation.

If you haven’t done so already we encourage you to sign-up on Your Voice to be kept informed of future activity.


Thorpe Park rail station proposal

For information about the Thorpe Park rail station proposal, and what we engaged the public on in summer 2018, please visit an archived copy of the engagement website by clicking here (opens in a new page).


The first phase of public engagement regarding this station took place 2 July - 3 August 2018.

A report has been produced that includes all the comments received during the engagement period (2 July – 3 August 2018) and this feedback is currently being considered by the Combined Authority's rail team.

The report can be found here.

We envisage that the outline business case for the development of Thorpe Park Rail Station will be submitted to the Combined Authority for approval during Summer 2019. Subject to approval of this business case submission, we will be in a position to provide further information on the next phase of public consultation.

If you haven’t done so already we encourage you to sign-up on Your Voice to be kept informed of future activity.


Thorpe Park rail station proposal

For information about the Thorpe Park rail station proposal, and what we engaged the public on in summer 2018, please visit an archived copy of the engagement website by clicking here (opens in a new page).


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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.

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    Is the tack bed wide enough for 4 tracks? as they are only 2 on the graphic! most of this bit of rail line is wide enough for 4 (2 up & 2 down) they are plans to re-add the tracks to ease congestion & improve journey times by allowing fast trains to pass local services. (they was also a plan to use this line to link HS2 from leeds to the main line to Scotland just after the M1)

    The_JF asked over 1 year ago

    Combined Authority and Leeds City Council proposals for a new rail station at Thorpe Park do not include scope for delivery of 4 tracking this section of the Leeds – York/Selby Line from Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme funding. However, our early station designs will not preclude the delivery of 4 tracking in the future. 

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    I commute from York to Leeds and those services are often delayed or stuck behind local stopping services. The new timetable since May has been a mess. How can an additional local station improve this service? Delays will increase for sure.

    JW asked almost 2 years ago

    The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council are working with the rail industry and Transport for the North to produce a reliable and robust timetable, that best serves the demand for passengers on this route. Both the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises are committed to introduce new trains and more carriages before the end of 2020. We appreciate the problems with the current timetable and we are working with our partners at Rail North and the train operating companies to influence future timetables and the deployment of rolling stock in order to ensure that trains are deployed in the way that benefits passengers.

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    Has this replaced the 'East Leeds Parkway' station plan?

    michael bradley asked about 2 years ago

    The short answer is yes. The original East Leeds Parkway station proposal in the Micklefield area was based on it being an increment to a Network Rail led scheme to move Micklefield station. The Network Rail scheme is now not happening. The Combined Authority completed technical work on possible locations in the east leeds corridor and a new station located at Thorpe Park is preferable as it will support economic development, job creation and regeneration and support local housing.

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    Why is it that South Leeds appears to be forgotten when transport development is considered ? South Leeds, Middleton, Belle Isle, Hunslet, Rothwell, Oulton to name a few do not have any easy access to a train service, despite a large number of commuters into the city.

    Glenn asked about 2 years ago

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority carried out a new station study in 2014 that looked at 62 potential station locations across the Leeds City Region, including 23 in the Leeds district that are likely to have a good business case for implementing new stations in the next five to ten years.

    The Combined Authority has prioritised its resources on the development of new stations at Elland, Leeds Bradford Airport Parkway, White Rose and Thorpe Park, for which development funding is already secured and available.  The Combined Authority is now working on the development of outline business cases for these stations.  However, in due course the Combined Authority will be developing a new rail strategy and further new rail stations, services and infrastructure will be part of the Combined Authority’s considerations.

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    Will the station be constructed to serve two tracks, or four, to accommodate faster services once the link from HS2 to the ECML is completed? Will the line be electrified by the time the station is opened or will there be passive provision for electrification?

    Planahead asked about 2 years ago

    At this early stage, concept designs for a new Rail Station at Thorpe Park will leave passive provision for any future 4-tracking or electrification of the Leeds-York/Selby Line.

    The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council will continue to collaborate with the DfT and rail industry to ensure proposals compliment track and service provision on this route.

    Proposals are at an early stage and design arrangements will be determined as the scheme progresses.

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    will the 2 stations @garforth stay if so will get disable access @garforth

    Dave asked about 2 years 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.

    Network Rail are developing proposals for an accessibility scheme at Garforth Rail Station as part of the Access for All Programme.

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    Why is North and North East Leeds always missing out. We have a poor and expensive bus service and extensive commercial areas at thorp arch and wetherby If we had decent public transport options then this would reduce the car use from this area into Leeds

    GG02 asked about 2 years ago

    As our bus network is a commercial entity operating in a deregulated environment, operators can specify their own services and set the prices. We are however working closely with the City’s major bus operators, Arriva, First and Transdev through our Bus18 initiative to deliver a number of pledges that will make bus travel better and encourage more people to use the bus. Also, as part of Connecting Leeds we have ambitious plans to deliver improvements to the bus network between Alwoodley and Leeds and Oakwood and Leeds, to make bus services quicker and more reliable, whilst also making local journeys on foot and by bike convenient and attractive.

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    I current use the Leeds/York/Selby line for commuting between Garforth and my place of work in Leeds city centre. Since the recent timetable changes there have been capacity problems and delays with Northern Trains, if Thorpe Park station were to open today there would not be enough capacity within the current timetable and rolling stock to accommodate the additional passengers on that line. For example on 19/7/18 the 5:25pm Selby train departing from Leeds train station of which stops at Garforth only has two carriages, more people were waiting on the platform than could possible fit on the train. This has happens very regularly! As a resident of East Leeds I am in favour of the new proposed Thorpe Park Station however this will only possible is train operators invest in new trains and provide more carriages on busy services.

    Richard87 asked about 2 years 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 TPE 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.

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    Why is Thorpe park first on the list, because it's the easiest? I think the one to LB A is much more needed. Thorpe park has two other stations less than a mile away and is used only by local people . The airport is bringing in trade from outside Leeds and useful to all Leeds residents. If your not sure if all 3 are feasible you should start with one one that is most useful to all.

    Julie Sadler asked about 2 years ago

    The Combined Authority and Leeds City Council have secured development funding to progress all three new rail stations within the Leeds area up to the completion of the Outline Business Case.  There is no priority order among the three proposed sites at the moment. Further development and implementation of the schemes will be subject to technical and operational feasibility, viability of business and financial cases, and availability of third party funding.

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    Will the platforms be "straight" and avoid the camber that is currently excessive at Garforth with TPE trains?

    4000 asked about 2 years ago

    At this early stage, it is anticipated that the platforms will be located on the relatively straight section of the tracks.