Leeds and Bradford are getting 3 new train stations at Apperley Lane, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor.

When I say new, in some cases they are the sites of old stations. I found an old map from the 1950’s which shows the old stations dotted around the city, all of which would be really handy today. Shame they got rid of them.

Kirkstall & Armley

Map shows old Kirkstall station near Bridge Rd, Kirkstall and Armley station near Canal Road.

Otley

Map showing the old Otley Station. This has been replaced by Otley by-pass. The old route can be seen on satellite maps.

Map of Laisterdyke 1950s

Old station at Laisterdyke

Armley & Holbeck map 1950s

Map showing Leeds city centre and old Holbeck stations.

Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge are to get new stations. The process is a lengthy one, no work starting for 18 months after this proposal reported on WYMetro’s web site. This has been long overdue in my opinion. The first time I rode this train I couldn’t believe it didn’t stop anywhere in Leeds or Bradford until it reached Shipley, the next stop out of Leeds. That’s ten miles of built up areas with no stopping. Well, we have until late 2014 to look forward to a better service. Watch this space!