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Leeds council backs new railway station plans

Proposals from developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) for a new railway station at Kirkstall Forge have been given the go-ahead by Leeds City Council.

Planning committee members gave unanimous backing to the project, which forms part of CEG’s wider development to change the 22.6ha former industrial site into a mixed-use community. Its blueprint includes 1,045 homes, 27,870 metres square of commercial office space and retail and leisure facilities.

The station, which CEG will put £4M towards, will serve the new Forge development and the wider area, including Kirkstall, south Horsforth and Bramley Falls. It could be opened within three years, subject to Department for Transport approval.

“A new station at Kirkstall Forge is a key element in reducing congestion along a busy road corridor into Leeds and I am glad that Leeds City Council has now given the project planning permission,” said Metro chairman Ryk Downes.

“Metro has worked closely with Network Rail, Northern, Leeds City Council and site developer CEG, so it is important that we now ensure that the Government gives the scheme the go-ahead so this private sector funding is not lost.”

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