Elland Rail Station and access package

Key details

A new rail station for Elland.

Current status

Concept (Completed)
Development (In Progress)
Construction (Pending)
Evaluation (Pending)


The new rail station will be delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The station is designed to serve Elland and to improve the town's transport connectivity with the wider region, providing an additional station to both the existing Wigan to Leeds and Bradford to Huddersfield routes.

These proposals include an access package of complementary walking, cycling and public realm.

The Proposals include (subject to funding):

  • Elevated platforms on the embankment with lift, ramp and stepped access from the car park level
  • Access to the proposed station from across Elland, West Vale and the wider area through improvements to the cycle network
  • Two new pedestrian and cycle bridges crossing the River Calder and Calder Hebble Navigation
  • Improvements to existing pedestrian and cycle routes, and public realm enhancements



Economic growth

The new station will improve access to jobs, education and opportunities. Elland will be more attractive to new businesses and the new links will support existing local businesses. The improved transport network will support future housing growth for Elland and western parts of Brighouse .

Improved landscape

We will make improvements to the public realm and environment on routes to and from the station.


The new station and access package will have a positive effect on journeys between the station, Elland town centre and surrounding areas.

Journey times

Shorter journey times and better connectivity between Elland, and destinations in the wider City Region and beyond.


The new, accessible station will support more people to make sustainable travel decisions. The proposals include improved pedestrian and cycle access with new facilities. Elland Rail Station would serve as a Park and Ride, for commuter and leisure trips, relieving congestion on the A629.



October 2021

We have refined the designs in line with rail industry requirements and in response to stakeholder and public feedback. We are working in partnership with organisations such as Network Rail and train operators to progress a Full Business Case (FBC) through the next stage of approvals by Autumn 2022.


We have:

  • Submitted planning application for the Rail Station
  • Received planning approval for the access package
  • Submission of the chosen option to Network Rail as part of the Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) for approval
  • Completed engagement with local user groups to inform the design of the station, specifically with passenger safety and accessibility in mind
  • Achieved acceptance from the rail industry, including Network Rail, that Elland rail station can be accommodated within the rail network

Key changes

We have made the following changes to the proposals since the summer 2020 consultation:

  • Ramped access is now provided to each platform, in addition to the lift and stair access already proposed, in response to new national safety standards.
  • Redesigned design with canopy areas added to both platforms, replacing the single waiting shelters shown in earlier designs, providing better protection to passengers
  • Improved connectivity between north and south platforms – access between platforms is now better integrated into the station design at car park level, having previously been via Lowfields Way.
  • A revised car park design, due in part due to the inclusion of ramps. The car park includes 12 blue badge spaces and provision for 15 EV-charge spaces.


May 2021

We have developed the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the project, which was submitted to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in October 2018 and approved in March 2019. 

The OBC was shaped by the feedback received throughout the summer 2018 stakeholder and public engagement. This feedback was collated by the Combined Authority and is available in the Engagement Report available to download on this page. 

Work to develop Elland rail station continues with significant progress made over the past 12 months to build upon the designs presented to the public in summer 2020. Since the engagement, designs have been developed in line with rail industry requirements and in response to stakeholder and public feedback. Key project milestones have been achieved, including the submission of a planning application to Calderdale Council, as well as submission of all the necessary documents to progress the scheme through this phase of Network Rail’s approvals process.  We are working in partnership with these organisations and train operators to progress the Full Business Case through the next stage of approvals.   


Approximate scheme value: £25M.

This project was made possible through funding from:

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Northern Powerhouse Industrial Strategy Transforming Cities Fund