West Yorkshire Combined Authority is currently considering the closure of Cottingley Rail Station and would like to hear your views. This closure is being considered due to the construction of a new, more accessible station 800m from Cottingley at White Rose with extensive walking and cycling routes to and from the wider community.
Why are we considering closing Cottingley Rail Station?
It is not possible for trains to stop at both Cottingley and White Rose as the stations are so close together. Therefore, the options for the existing station at Cottingley are as follows:
- Replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose. This option is preferred because of the low usage and lack of step-free access at Cottingley.
- Construct the new station at White Rose and run in addition to the existing station at Cottingley. This option would involve a very infrequent service at Cottingley and the low usage of the station may encourage anti-social behavior. Keeping Cottingley Rail Station in service could also weaken the case to fund an extensive walking and cycling plan, which is part of the White Rose Rail Station development.
For these reasons, the preferred option is to replace the existing station at Cottingley with a new station at White Rose, with extensive walking and cycling routes linking Cottingley to the station.