Anger at omission of Calder Valley line from electrification list

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Anger at omission of Calder Valley line from electrification list Anger at omission of Calder Valley line from electrification list

The omission of the Calder Valley line from a Government priority list for railway electrification has sparked an angry response.

Councillor Val Slater, portfolio holder for planning, housing and transport, said the decision “beggars belief”.

The Calder Valley line runs from Leeds to Manchester, via Bradford and Brighouse – a route that Coun Slater says is of major economic importance.

But it is not under consideration by a Department for Transport task force that is looking at extending electrification in the north of England.

On Monday, West Yorkshire transport body Metro said it was continuing to push for electrification of railway lines into Bradford after plans for two other routes in the region received positive feed-back from the government.

Transport authority chairman Coun James Lewis welcomed news the DfT is to consider electrification of the Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield rail lines into West Yorkshire.

But he said he would also like to see the Caldervale line, linking Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale, Blackpool and Manchester, added to the list.

Coun Slater (Lab, Royds) said: “The route is of major strategic importance to our local and regional economy and it beggars belief that the Government appears to deem it unworthy of consideration. Excluding Calder Valley is a short-sighted decision with potentially damaging long-term consequences for the communities which line its route, including Bradford.

”Investment in infrastructure helps to bring the jobs and growth that Bradford needs. Faster, better quality transport connections with other major northern cities and towns through electrification would bring significant economic benefits to the district.

“Leaving out the Calder Valley is a huge missed opportunity for local people and businesses. It makes you wonder if Whitehall really understands or cares about what Bradford needs to prosper.”

Coun Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “It is almost unbelievable that the Calder Valley route from Leeds to Manchester via Bradford and Brighouse is not included on the list, particularly when another equally complex cross-Pennine route, that from Sheffield to Manchester, is. It may of course simply be an accidental omission but if this is so it needs correcting without delay.

“We believe that Calder Valley electrification has got to happen.

“It is an absolutely logical strategic development following on from completion of TransPennine electrification via Huddersfield.”

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8:41am Wed 18 Dec 13

collos25 says...

It only goes to show were government priorties are untold billions to build a line for the rich and nothing for the commuters in the north,
It only goes to show were government priorties are untold billions to build a line for the rich and nothing for the commuters in the north, collos25

9:26am Wed 18 Dec 13

Rambo says...

No doubt fares will keep going up and up though.
No doubt fares will keep going up and up though. Rambo

10:55am Wed 18 Dec 13

Albion. says...

”Investment in infrastructure helps to bring the jobs and growth that Bradford needs. Faster, better quality transport connections with other major northern cities and towns through electrification would bring significant economic benefits to the district."

I have my doubts that it would make a significant difference, there are too many other factors.
”Investment in infrastructure helps to bring the jobs and growth that Bradford needs. Faster, better quality transport connections with other major northern cities and towns through electrification would bring significant economic benefits to the district." I have my doubts that it would make a significant difference, there are too many other factors. Albion.

11:23am Wed 18 Dec 13

linebacker2 says...

Yet the Government still thinks a great idea to spend £50,000,000,000 + on rail links that are already the best in the country...
Yet the Government still thinks a great idea to spend £50,000,000,000 + on rail links that are already the best in the country... linebacker2

12:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Duke of Odsal says...

As someone who uses the line fairly frequently I never cease to dismay at the poor standard of rolling stock on this line - I suspect largely because there is no desire to invest in stock that uses old technology. Contrast the cattle trucks of this line with the smooth running and modern equivalents on the Skipton line!
As someone who uses the line fairly frequently I never cease to dismay at the poor standard of rolling stock on this line - I suspect largely because there is no desire to invest in stock that uses old technology. Contrast the cattle trucks of this line with the smooth running and modern equivalents on the Skipton line! Duke of Odsal

12:13pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Apollo says...

Electric lines are much more susceptible to bad weather. That both lines under discussion are trans-Pennine and therefore subject to some of the worst weather in the country where is the advantage in electrification?

I know that the rolling stock would be much better but are we not in danger of confusing cause and effect?

If we want, nay need, better rolling stock on the trans-Pennine routes then that is what should be under discussion. It them becomes a question of how we achieve that.

As things stand at the moment electrification is the answer to the wrong question.
Electric lines are much more susceptible to bad weather. That both lines under discussion are trans-Pennine and therefore subject to some of the worst weather in the country where is the advantage in electrification? I know that the rolling stock would be much better but are we not in danger of confusing cause and effect? If we want, nay need, better rolling stock on the trans-Pennine routes then that is what should be under discussion. It them becomes a question of how we achieve that. As things stand at the moment electrification is the answer to the wrong question. Apollo

12:51pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Alhaurinrhino says...

I think it would be a good idea if everybody travelled into Bradford on train, that way there's no chance of a member of "the community" slamming their brakes on in front of you.
I think it would be a good idea if everybody travelled into Bradford on train, that way there's no chance of a member of "the community" slamming their brakes on in front of you. Alhaurinrhino

2:42pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Reality50 says...

I use this line a lot between Manchester Victoria and Halifax and the rolling stock is old and poor. It is a well used line and after the work on the Todmorden Curve was completed this year,I thought electrification was likely but as we live in the north of England we are bottom of the pile as per usual. It frustrates me how slow the trains are and even the 590 bus from Rochdale to Halifax is almost as quick sometimes so I get that instead on occasions.
I use this line a lot between Manchester Victoria and Halifax and the rolling stock is old and poor. It is a well used line and after the work on the Todmorden Curve was completed this year,I thought electrification was likely but as we live in the north of England we are bottom of the pile as per usual. It frustrates me how slow the trains are and even the 590 bus from Rochdale to Halifax is almost as quick sometimes so I get that instead on occasions. Reality50

3:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Saltaire Bantam says...

If the government didn't waste so much money they would easily be able to afford this project. Recently the UK gave £80 million to upgrade Turkeys sewerage system and £27.4 million to China even though they have a space program. They waste billions of pounds on utter rubbish so why not spend it on something useful for a change.
If the government didn't waste so much money they would easily be able to afford this project. Recently the UK gave £80 million to upgrade Turkeys sewerage system and £27.4 million to China even though they have a space program. They waste billions of pounds on utter rubbish so why not spend it on something useful for a change. Saltaire Bantam

3:30pm Wed 18 Dec 13

angry bradfordian says...

Reality50 wrote:
I use this line a lot between Manchester Victoria and Halifax and the rolling stock is old and poor. It is a well used line and after the work on the Todmorden Curve was completed this year,I thought electrification was likely but as we live in the north of England we are bottom of the pile as per usual. It frustrates me how slow the trains are and even the 590 bus from Rochdale to Halifax is almost as quick sometimes so I get that instead on occasions.
I'm not sure it's down to a North/South divide; the article lists lots of Yorkshire lines that are to be electrified.

Other than the shiny new trains on the London Overground, the rest of the South's trains are just as dirty and slow as the Caldervale line.
Sadly the Northern Trains on the Airedale line are as pleasant as a commuter train gets in 21st Century Britain.
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: I use this line a lot between Manchester Victoria and Halifax and the rolling stock is old and poor. It is a well used line and after the work on the Todmorden Curve was completed this year,I thought electrification was likely but as we live in the north of England we are bottom of the pile as per usual. It frustrates me how slow the trains are and even the 590 bus from Rochdale to Halifax is almost as quick sometimes so I get that instead on occasions.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure it's down to a North/South divide; the article lists lots of Yorkshire lines that are to be electrified. Other than the shiny new trains on the London Overground, the rest of the South's trains are just as dirty and slow as the Caldervale line. Sadly the Northern Trains on the Airedale line are as pleasant as a commuter train gets in 21st Century Britain. angry bradfordian

10:03am Thu 2 Jan 14

RicPou says...

Apollo is concerned at the robustness of electrification systems. However the original electrification system over the Woodhead, from Manchester to Sheffield and Wath (for the coal traffic) was a very robust system. It was the incompetence of the Wilson Government that killed the passenger service, and the similar incompetence of the Thatcher Government that eventually closed the route down, as opposed to modernising it and converting the system to 25Kv and refurbishing surplus locomotives from the West Coast route, extending the network into Yorkshire and Lancashire 30 years ago.
Apollo is concerned at the robustness of electrification systems. However the original electrification system over the Woodhead, from Manchester to Sheffield and Wath (for the coal traffic) was a very robust system. It was the incompetence of the Wilson Government that killed the passenger service, and the similar incompetence of the Thatcher Government that eventually closed the route down, as opposed to modernising it and converting the system to 25Kv and refurbishing surplus locomotives from the West Coast route, extending the network into Yorkshire and Lancashire 30 years ago. RicPou

10:26am Thu 2 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Just enquired for a trip to the SW train over a £100, Mega bus £5.
Just enquired for a trip to the SW train over a £100, Mega bus £5. Joedavid

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