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What has been done so far?
West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Council working closely with Scarborough Group, has appointed a development partner to progress the business case for a rail station at Thorpe Park on the York/Selby line. The Outline Business case including technical and business case work will be completed by Spring 2019. The implementation of the scheme will be subject to the relevant rail industry approvals, availability of funding, and technical and business case feasibility.
Where will the proposed new Thorpe Park Rose station be located?
What other locations for the station have been considered?
What is the purpose of the station?
Serve the established and expanding business park, providing improved public 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
When is it likely to be open?
What improvements will be made to the local road and pedestrian and cycling network surrounding the proposed Thorpe Park station?
Is the proposed railway station at Thorpe Park definitely going ahead and wow will the new station be funded?
Development funding has been secured by Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority from the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme and the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.
This funding is approved to develop the station up to the completion of Outline Business Case. Further development and implementation of the scheme will be 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. The project is subject to approval at a number of stages prior to the start of construction to ensure the scheme continues to show value for money.
How much will the new station cost?
What provision will the station have for car parking?
Development of suitable car parking provisions at this site will be a continuous process throughout the development of this project. Our current intention is to achieve a minimum of 500 spaces. We will continue to work with Leeds City Council to develop the most appropriate car park solution that meets the needs of passengers.
Vehicle access to the station would be accommodated via access road, turning circle and pickup / drop-off point. The station will incorporate parking spaces for blue badge holders, with low energy lighting and CCTV.
Will a charge be made for parking at the station car park?
Will buses serve the new railway station?
What train services will call at the station?
Will the station be staffed?
What passenger waiting facilities will the station have?
Will the station have facilities to purchase a ticket?
Will the station have toilets?
Will the station have lifts and be complaint to modern accessibility standards?
How many carriages will the platforms be able to accommodate? Will this be able to cater for future growth?
Has an Environmental Impact Assessment been carried out?
Who will be responsible for operating and managing the station?
Will the station have CCTV?
What facilities will be provided for cyclists?
When will the Transpennine Route Upgrade be delivered?
The Department for Transport has plans to invest £3 billion improving journeys on the Transpennine route from spring 2019.
The Government is working with Network Rail and Rail North to determine the best way to achieve significant passenger improvements on this key route between Manchester, Leeds and York, and we are engaging with this process.
A range of options are being assessed for this upgrade, including full or partial electrification, digital railway technology to improve safety and reliability and track enhancements to reduce journey times and increase capacity.
The Department for Transport has confirmed that further decisions will be made later this year.
Trains on this line are already very congested. Will building this station make my journey even more crowded?
What other engagement will be taking place in the future?
Will a new station on the Leeds to York/Selby line result in any closures of existing stations, or impact on current service provision?
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.