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Apperley Bridge railway station

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Apperley Bridge
National Rail
Apperley Bridge railway station (22nd December 2015) 004.JPG
Platform 1 (Leeds bound)
LocationApperley Bridge, City of Bradford
Coordinates53°50′29″N 1°42′11″W / 53.841380°N 1.703065°W / 53.841380; -1.703065
Grid referenceSE196383
Managed byNorthern
Other information
Station codeAPY
Original companyLeeds and Bradford Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
Late July 1846Opened as Apperley Bridge
1847Renamed Apperley
1 October 1890Renamed Apperley and Rawdon
May 1893Renamed Apperley Bridge and Rawdon
12 June 1961Renamed Apperley Bridge
20 March 1965Closed
13 December 2015Rebuilt and Reopened
2015/16Steady 96,418[note 1]
2016/17Increase 0.350 million
2017/18Increase 0.372 million
2018/19Increase 0.376 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Apperley Bridge station is situated in Bradford on the (Leeds and Bradford, later Midland) line between Leeds and Shipley, West Yorkshire, England. It serves the district of Apperley Bridge in the north-east of the city.

The station opened in 2015. A previous station with the same name was opened in a different location in 1846 but closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching Axe.

Original station

Old Apperley Bridge station building, before 1914
Old Apperley Bridge station building, before 1914

The Leeds and Bradford Railway opened on 30 June 1846. At first, there were no intermediate stations. Temporary stations were provided, including Apperley Bridge, which opened some time during July 1846.[1] A permanent structure followed about a year later. It comprised two platforms, partly covered by an overall roof. The main building ran parallel to the railway on the south side up at road level. A principal customer was Woodhouse Grove School, whose land had been crossed by the Railway. About 1849, the railway agreed to purchase gas from the school to light the station.

The Leeds and Bradford Railway was leased to the Midland Railway from just before its opening, an event of some importance in terms of railway politics. It contributed to the downfall of George Hudson and helped ensure that Bradford never had a through railway. It had previously been thought that the Leeds and Bradford might join with the Manchester & Leeds Railway.

The railway was widened to four tracks in about 1900, taking more land from Woodhouse Grove School, who used the money to build a swimming baths. The station was enlarged to four platforms, with a distinctive wooden building above at road level. The original station building was demolished when the cutting was widened to accommodate the new "fast lines" on the south side. Platform four, on the up slow line, remained the original of 1847 as there was not room to develop it. The other platforms, number 1 on the down fast line and numbers 2 and 3, the island between the up fast and down slow, were longer, wider and higher. Steps were needed to board trains on platform 4. There were canopies above all four platforms.

The station became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, and passed to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was transferred to the North Eastern Region in 1957 and gained ten tangerine totem signs about 1961.

A goods yard operated in the angle between the main line and the Ilkley branch. It handled domestic coal until closure in June 1964. By that time the cattle dock was overgrown. A small housing estate now stands on the site. The passenger station gained an enhanced service, almost at regular intervals, when diesel multiple units were introduced in January 1959. Just one stopping train remained steam-hauled, the 6.24 pm to Leeds, which conveyed more parcel vans than passenger stock. It was named the "Derby Slow" and continued to Derby after a lengthy pause at Leeds.

The station was used by about 80 passengers a day, that is 80 joining and 80 alighting. With 40 stopping trains, that was an average of two per train, but a total usage (by current calculations of "footfall") of over 50,000 journeys a year.

The original station was closed by the British Railways Board, as a result of the Beeching Axe, at about 9.30 pm on 20 March 1965. The station handled parcels by passenger train right up to the final day. The delivery area was then transferred to Guiseley station.[1]


In 1999, Metro, the Passenger Transport Executive for West Yorkshire, announced that Apperley Bridge was amongst five new or reopened stations which they wished to see achieved over the ensuing five years. One of these stations — Glasshoughton — opened in 2005.

In 2009 Metro submitted a business case and designs for both Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge.[2][3] They were to have staggered platforms and a car park for 300 vehicles. It was originally projected that the station would reopen in 2012,[4] but this was pushed back to August 2015, with main construction commencing in 2014.[5] A planning application was submitted in December 2009[6] and permission to build was granted by Bradford Council in March 2010.[7]

Go-ahead for construction of both Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge was given in the National Infrastructure Plan released on 29 November 2011.[8][9] The original estimated completion date of August 2015[5][10] was not met, and the opening was later scheduled for the end of September 2015.[11][12] The station was eventually reopened on 13 December 2015.[13]


In September 2008, the West Yorkshire PTE announced that the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Transport Board had approved funding for its "rail growth programme" which includes stations at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge;[14] this allowed a full business case for the two stations to be developed. Following the Comprehensive Spending Review in Autumn 2010 the Leeds Rail Growth Package was included within the "Development" pool of schemes. Metro submitted a "Best and Final Funding Bid" in September 2011 and the schemes funding was confirmed in November 2011 as part of the National Infrastructure Plan.[15]

Final approval for both stations was given by the Department for Transport on 29 May 2014.[16][17] By 2014 the documentation was corrected as the National Infrastructure Plan 2011 lists Apperley Bridge incorrectly as Appley Bridge. In July 2014, Metro announced that construction work would begin in September 2014, and the station would open in 2015.[18]


The new station has a free car park, bicycle rungs and a bus terminus. There is an automated ticket machine at the station entrance. Both platforms, in-line with the Disability Discrimination Act, are accessible by wheelchair via ramps.[19] Both platforms have an unheated shelter and digital information screens. A new set of traffic lights manages traffic at the entrance to the station car park.


British Rail Class 333 on Bradford-bound platform, December 2015
British Rail Class 333 on Bradford-bound platform, December 2015

Apperley Bridge is primarily served by trains from Leeds to Bradford Forster Square on the Leeds–Bradford line. These services operate every 30 minutes each way and are mostly operated by Northern Class 333 electric multiple units, although Class 321 and Class 322 sets are used on some weekday workings (as are the new Class 331 "Civity" units). Most trains to Skipton and further beyond pass through the station without stopping (though a small number do call in the morning peak). Since the May 2018 timetable change, Leeds-bound services all now call at Kirkstall Forge en route (previously these ran non-stop, with Kirkstall Forge served by Wharfedale Line trains instead).

Monday to Saturday evening trains (after 19:30) run to and from Skipton; passengers for Bradford Forster Square must change using a connecting shuttle service that runs between Shipley and Bradford Forster Square.[20]

On Sundays, there is an hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square.[21]

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Shipley   Northern
Leeds–Bradford line
  Kirkstall Forge
Airedale Line
Mon–Sat evenings only
  Historical railways  
Idle   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Railway
  Calverley and Rodley


  1. ^ The station opened in December 2015, so these statistics do not represent a full year


  1. ^ a b Bairstow, Martin (2004). Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale. ISBN 1-871944-28-7.
  2. ^ "Consultation on proposed Apperley Bridge rail station begins - 2009 -…". 9 February 2013. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Rail growth proposal delivered - 2009 - Metro". 10 February 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013.
  4. ^ Kilner, Will (15 May 2009). "'New rail station is on the right lines!'". Telegraph & Argus. Bradford: Newsquest. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Apperley Bridge new rail station". West Yorkshire Metro. September 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  6. ^ O'Rouke, Tanya (10 December 2009). "Apperley Bridge set for transport network boost". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  7. ^ O'Rouke, Tanya (3 March 2010). "Apperley Bridge facility given planning permission". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  8. ^ National Infrastructure Plan 2011 Archived 1 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine HM Treasury
  9. ^ "Metro - News stories - New stations for Kirkstall Forge & Apperley Br…". 1 December 2011. Archived from the original on 1 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Green light for new stations on Bradford-Leeds line Ι Construction Enquirer". Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Apperley Bridge almost ready to open". Rail Magazine. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Apperley Bridge new rail station". West Yorkshire Combined Authority. November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Apperley Bridge's new railway station opens". BBC News. December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Railplan Update" (PDF). West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2008.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ National Infrastructure Plan 2011 (PDF). UK Government. November 2011. p. 28. ISBN 9780108511165. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge rail stations get go-ahead". BBC News. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Two new rail stations for West Yorkshire". Department for Transport. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  18. ^ "New Apperley Bridge railway station will bring boost to city when it opens next year/". Telegraph & Argus. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  19. ^ Apperley Bridge station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 29 November 2016
  20. ^ GB eNRT December 2019 Edition, Tables 36 & 37
  21. ^ "Live departures from Apperley Bridge". Realtime Trains.

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