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Apperley Bridge Station 1898

Apperley Bridge Station

Apperley Bridge Station
Date 1898
Location Rawdon
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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 A307.
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 it.
Regards,  Martin Bairstow




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