Boost for new Morley station car park plans

Valley Road,  Morley. (d624d421)
Valley Road, Morley. (d624d421)

A new car park with more than 100 spaces could be created next to Morley Railway Station to cope with the rise in commuters if plans go ahead.

Pre-application talks are now underway between council and transport chiefs about converting vacant land next to the town station into spaces for up to 120 cars.

The announcement comes after dozens of residents protested against plans to turn the former oil refinery site, in Valley Road, into a travellers site.

Those plans were rejected by Leeds City Council in 2014.

Coun Neil Dawson (Lab, Morley South), said he has been lobbying for additional spaces after a sharp rise in the number of commuters using the station to park and ride into Leeds city centre.

He said: “This car park would be a massive improvement. More and more Morley people want to use public transport and Morley station could be a huge bonus for the town, but we need to provide more space for people to leave their cars.”

He said he has met with Coun Keith Wakefield, from West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s (WYCA) Transport Committee, about improving facilities at the station.

WYCA revealed in September last year that the car park could be expanded as part of a £7.5m county-wide scheme, paid for by the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.

The scheme was formally approved by committee members at a meeting in February.

Coun Robert Finnigan (MBI, Morley North) said: “People are constantly asking us about improving the car parking at the station so it’s very welcome news.

“One of the issues with the site is that the road is narrow so there may need to be traffic lights but we think any challenges can be overcome.”

Coun Finnigan said the talks were currently at the pre-application stage, the last step before a formal planning application is submitted.