Campaign group calls for Calder Valley railway line action

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A campaign group has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in protest at the Calder Valley Line, which links Bradford to the north west, being omitted from the government’s latest rail electrification plans.

Stephen Waring, chairman of HADRAG, the Halifax and District Rail Action Group, claims the line has a better case for modernisation than some of the schemes announced by Department for Transport on December 13.

The group says that, according to official station usage statistics, passenger growth on the Calder Valley Line has risen by 80 per cent over the last five years, with Bradford Interchange alone having an annual footfall of 2.88 million passengers from 2011 to 2012.

Mr Waring said: “It is astonishing that our line has been omitted from the list and we want the Secretary of State to correct this omission at the earliest opportunity in the New Year.”

HADRAG campaigns for strategic improvements to benefit travellers, the economy and the environment linked to the Calder Valley Line.

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12:38am Tue 31 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

An odd omission to say the least, maybe if the government could see beyond Leeds it would help. There are two major cities in West Yorkshire, Bradford being the other. The Calder valley line is in desperate need of an upgrade.
An odd omission to say the least, maybe if the government could see beyond Leeds it would help. There are two major cities in West Yorkshire, Bradford being the other. The Calder valley line is in desperate need of an upgrade. bcfc1903

9:41am Thu 2 Jan 14

RicPou says...

Trans-Pennine rail investment has always been a confused issue, as the Diggle - Huddersfield route was always the main line, with loco-hauled Newcasle - Liverpool expresses, or the Trans Pennine Express diesel units for the Liverpool - Hull route. The Calder Valley line had special high-powered 3-car diesel units, which like with many trains today, were a compromise between suburban and express trains. This route definitely merits electrification, but sadly the Department for Transport has a very poor understanding of local geography hence the unsatisfactory delivery of some rail services over the last 50 odd years.
Trans-Pennine rail investment has always been a confused issue, as the Diggle - Huddersfield route was always the main line, with loco-hauled Newcasle - Liverpool expresses, or the Trans Pennine Express diesel units for the Liverpool - Hull route. The Calder Valley line had special high-powered 3-car diesel units, which like with many trains today, were a compromise between suburban and express trains. This route definitely merits electrification, but sadly the Department for Transport has a very poor understanding of local geography hence the unsatisfactory delivery of some rail services over the last 50 odd years. RicPou

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