Apperley Bridge was opened as a temporary station in July 1846 on the Leeds to Bradford Line.
A year later the first of the permanent platforms was built partly covered by a roof. Woodhouse Grove School provided many passengers, the railway had crossed their land.
The station was lit by gas bought from the school about 1849.
The station fell foul of the Beeching axe, closing on 20th March 1965.
In 1999 Metro proposed to reopen the station, there has been much residential development in the area adding to road traffic congestion.
This, with a new station on the old Kirkstall Forge site were due to be completed by 2012.
This has not happened. (March 2013)
New information from Martin Bairstow a much regarded author of several railway books.
A307 This shows both the new wooden building,
surmounting the still double track railway and the 1847 stone building which
will have to be demolished to allow the land underneath to be excavated for the
"fast" lines and additional platforms. The quadrupling was authorised by an Act
of July 1898 and completed on 17 November 1901.
The new station building had to be done first. Logically, it would have
come quickly after the passing of the Act, hence my suggestion of 1898 for the
date of A307. I suppose it could have been a little earlier as this work in
itself might not have needed Parliamentary powers. But there was no reason to do
it except in anticipation of the quadrupling. I don`t think the date of 1896
attributed to C276 is correct or that it has any bearing on the date of
The building in A307 is symetrical with twin outward facing gables and
entrance in the middle. It has been designed as though its function over the
double track railway was permanent. I don`t think it possible for this to imply
that it was done before quadrupling was thought of. Much more likely that they
just used a standard design and/ or hadn`t yet decided how it would dovetail
into the enlarged station.
All the post 1901 photos show the nearer (south) outward gable to have
disappeared. They show the upper half of the side gable identical to the 1898
view. The lower half has been pierced by the covered walkway. This and
the additional entrance and staircase down to the new island
platform have caused the very early demise of the outward gable. Hence the
rather strange unbalanced appearance of the station from 1901 up to closure in
1965 and subsequent demolition.
All of which is hopefully leading towards reopening next year. Government
finance was finally agreed in May. Per the West Yorks PTE website, work is to
begin this month. After waiting 49 years, so far, I`ll believe it when I see
Regards, Martin Bairstow