Thorpe Park Rail Station

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.

  • 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 4 months 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. 

  • 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 6 months 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.

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

    michael bradley asked 9 months 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.

  • 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 11 months 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.

  • 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 11 months 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.

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

    Dave asked 11 months 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.

  • 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 11 months 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.

  • 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 11 months 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.

  • 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 11 months 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.

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

    4000 asked 11 months ago

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

  • Is there any future proposal for a station at Woodside (York, Harrogate, Leeds line) with parking, as there is space there? This would alleviate Horsforth Station and the horrendous parking in that residential area.

    Deb asked 11 months ago

    A new station at Horsforth Woodside was considered as part of a new station study in 2014. As the Horsforth Woodside fell within the catchment of Kirkstall Forge and Apperley new rail stations which were in development at the time, Horsforth Woodside was not prioritised.

    The proposed Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Parkway station (currently also being developed with proposals being announced for public engagement in the coming months) is likely to cater to some of the same markets that Horsforth Woodside would serve.  As such, it would not be appropriate to re-examine Horsforth Woodside until the development for LBA is complete.  The Combined Authority is also progressing the development of a new prioritised station at Elland along with LBA, White Rose and Thorpe Park, which development funding is already secured and available.  The Combined Authority has no plans at present for further new stations beyond this programme, as our resources are being utilised to progress the Outline Business Case for these four stations.  However, the renewal of our rail strategy could also cover access to the network in the form of stations.


  • What would happen to the Crossgates Station if this new one goes ahead?

    womblejan asked 11 months 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.  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.

  • A new station means more opportunities for passengers to get on the train, which means busier trains. What plans are being put in place to improve the number of trains, or to secure better rolling stock?

    John asked 11 months 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 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.

  • Are there any proposals to rebuild the station at the junctions of Broad lane, Leeds and Bradford Road and Bridge Road. As the roads in this area have become a nightmare withe queuing traffic on the increase because of recent development of shopping complexes, new homes being built and the students accomodation at the old brewery complex.

    Joe asked 11 months ago

    A new station study in 2014 looked at 62 potential station locations across the Leeds City Region that are likely to have a good business case for implementing new stations in the next five to ten years.  The study did not consider a location at the junctions of Broad Lane, Leeds and Bradford and Bridge Road due to the likelihood that the catchment would overlap with stations at Bramley, Headingley and at the time in 2014, the station which was in development at Kirkstall Forge station.  The Combined Authority is progressing the development of new stations at Elland, White Rose, Thorpe Park and Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Parkway (proposals being announced for public engagement on LBA in the coming months) which development funding is already secured and available.  The Combined Authority has no plans at present for further new stations beyond this programme, as our resources are being utilised to progress the Outline Business Case for these four stations.  However, the renewal of our rail strategy could also cover access to the network in the form of stations.


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

    Brendan asked 11 months 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.

  • 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 months 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 12 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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.