Northern has announced that they will be working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority to create a 250-space multi-story car park at Steeton and Silsden railway station.
The work is scheduled to begin in mid-February.
As well as creating a new multi-story facility with over 100 additional parking spaces including nine Blue Badge bays, the work will also include enhanced CCTV and low energy LED lighting.
Building the new car park will mean closing the existing car park for the whole construction period, which is expected to be 12 months.
Among the local bus services that people could use are the half-hourly, 62 between Keighley and Leeds Bradford Airport, the 71 between Low Bradley and Steeton & Silsden station and the 903 Keighley – Silsden circular.
A Combined Authority spokesperson said:
“Steeton & Silsden station is popular station and the current car parking provision does not meet demand, which is why we need to carry out this scheme which will result in a significantly extended and improved facility for rail users.
“We realise this is going to be inconvenient for those people who drive to Steeton & Silsden, but the station’s location means there is no realistic alternative until the scheme is complete and we open the new, three-floor car park with 100 extra spaces.
“We would urge people to think whether they can use other forms of transport, including cycling and walking, to travel to the station or to consider catching the train from another station and thank them in advance while we carry out the work to deliver these improvements.”
Steve Hopkinson, Regional Director at Northern, said:
“The new car park will secure the future for rail customers in the area. Steeton & Silsden is incredibly popular and we anticipate further growth in the future. It’s only right, therefore, that our customers have a car parking facility which meets this growing demand.
“I’d like to thank everyone using the station in advance for their patience and understanding while the vital work is carried out.”
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:
“It’s great to see this essential work starting at Steeton and Silsden Railway Station. Although we appreciate it will cause major disruption for some people while it is carried out, it will deliver much needed improvements and encourage more rail use in the long term.”
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