The new station at Apperley Bridge, on the line between Leeds and Shipley, is due to open on December 13.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) announced this intention on November 27, but added the opening was “subject to final approval by the Office of Rail and Road”.
The £10 million station has been seemingly complete for some weeks, and local councillors have voiced their frustration that neither Network Rail nor the WYCA will explain why the delay has occurred.
RAIL understands that the distance between the overhead lines and the platform surface is slightly less than that specified in Group Standards, and that a derogation has been sought from the ORR. If trains do start using the station on December 13, then a formal opening is planned at the end of that week.
Northern Rail says that each day until around 1930, the half-hourly Leeds-Bradford Forster Square service (hourly all day on Sundays) will call at the new station. After 1930, when this service does not operate, Leeds-Skipton trains will call, as will some at peak times on weekdays.