Bradford Council has revealed early plans designed by BDP for a new city station to serve the proposed Northern Powerhouse rail link
The ‘transformational’ scheme, which the local authority prefers over an out-of-town option, would serve an improved east-west high-speed link and create the city’s first ’through station’.
Under the plans, the existing Bradford Interchange transport hub would be replaced with a multi-level station with the Northern Powerhouse line coming in under the local railway terminus and bus stands.
It would also open up more development land to the north of the Interchange and potentially unlock a further £15 billion of opportunities for the Leeds City region by 2060, according to specialist economic development consultancy GENECON.
The visualisations were released by Bradford Council to support its campaign to secure a city centre station on the Northern Powerhouse Rail link and to make the case to government and Transport for the North.
A decision ion the preferred high-speed rail route, which would run from Liverpool via Manchester, Bradford and Leeds before arriving in Hull, is due by the end of the year.
The link into the city centre would see journey times from Bradford to Manchester reduced to 20 minutes and include new tunnels to the south of the current interchange building.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair and Bradford Council leader, said: ’A city-centre station in Bradford would transform our city and enable us to punch our weight as a driver of the Northern Powerhouse economy – to the tune of up to £15 billion by 2060. That is the definition of transformational change, and it is exactly the impact that an ambitious project like this is trying to achieve.’
‘Only a city-centre station will have this game-changing impact for our city, finally getting Bradford off the branch line and unleashing the huge economic potential of the UK’s youngest city.’
Kersten England, the council’s chief executive, added: ’This scheme is about creating a new piece of the city, not about a station box. [In terms of design quality] Bradford cannot do just bog standard. We need designs which speak to the challenges of our time.’
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