Northern Hub rail upgrades to help Bradford travellers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: George Osborne George Osborne

A £600 million investment in Northern Hub rail upgrades will improve the network in Bradford – but it will not include the electrification of the Caldervale Line between the city and Manchester.

Chancellor George Osborne today started the Manchester-based programme, which Network Rail believes could benefit the Northern region to the tune of £4 billion.

The benefits for Bradford include direct services from the city to Manchester Airport – where construction has started on a new station – from December 2016 and faster journey times to and from Manchester, where Victoria station is undergoing a £4m overhaul.

But when asked if the project would include the much-asked-for electrification of the Caldervale Line, a Network Rail spokesman said: “There are no plans to electrify the line at present.”

The electrification of the line was also brought up when Bradford Council revealed it was refusing to back the HS2 high-speed rail scheme.

Council leader Councillor David Green said: “The general concept of the Northern Hub is something that the local authorities across the North have been working on for a long time, and I am delighted that finally some progress has been made.

“But we are still extremely concerned at a lack of commitment to electrification of the Caldervale Line.

“We are going to continue to lobby for it because of its importance to the economic regeneration of Bradford and the northern region.”

On the benefits for Bradford, Network Rail said: “Upgrading the infrastructure will provide the option for faster line-speeds between Bradford and Manchester, while building a new platform at Rochdale station will allow trains going beyond Rochdale to overtake terminating trains.

“We are proposing to build a new section of track which will link the railway between Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly, which will provide a link between the two stations for the first time. This will make it possible for services coming into Manchester Victoria from Bradford to continue to the airport.”

The upgrades should be completed by 2019, allowing up to 700 more trains to run each day, and providing space for 44 million passengers a year.

Mr Osborne said: “The Government’s long-term plan is about securing a recovery for all parts of the country. Because of the tough decisions we’ve taken on day-to-day spending, we’re able to invest in key infrastructure projects like the Northern Hub, which will create billions for the region.”

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8:05am Fri 7 Feb 14

angry bradfordian says...

Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones.
They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm.

Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics.

And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?
Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones. They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm. Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics. And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker? angry bradfordian
  • Score: -7

10:01am Fri 7 Feb 14

Saltaire Bantam says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones. They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm. Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics. And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?
Electric trains can accelerate quicker as they are lighter. They are quieter and they are usually much more confortable than diesel trains which are often old and alot of them should be sent to the scrap yard or somewhere in eastern europe.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones. They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm. Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics. And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?[/p][/quote]Electric trains can accelerate quicker as they are lighter. They are quieter and they are usually much more confortable than diesel trains which are often old and alot of them should be sent to the scrap yard or somewhere in eastern europe. Saltaire Bantam
  • Score: 7

11:03am Fri 7 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Absolutely incredible that once again the CalderVale line has been overlooked. Of course according to the Government, Bradford Council are wrong not to back HS2...what is that going to do for Bradford and distict, I suggest nothing, but a much smaller investment in the electrification of the CalderVale line certainly would. Bradford Council are right on both schemes and need to keep lobbying for for the electrification of the CalderVale as suggested above.
Absolutely incredible that once again the CalderVale line has been overlooked. Of course according to the Government, Bradford Council are wrong not to back HS2...what is that going to do for Bradford and distict, I suggest nothing, but a much smaller investment in the electrification of the CalderVale line certainly would. Bradford Council are right on both schemes and need to keep lobbying for for the electrification of the CalderVale as suggested above. bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

collos25 says...

If Cllr green had any knowledge between his ears instead of pound signs he perhaps would understand the situation a little better.The first priorty is to join with a through line the two stations then you can start thinking about other improvements.
If Cllr green had any knowledge between his ears instead of pound signs he perhaps would understand the situation a little better.The first priorty is to join with a through line the two stations then you can start thinking about other improvements. collos25
  • Score: -1

12:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

justjustice says...

So how come the T&A have not run the story about the council issuing a parking ticket to a guy who was in a line of traffic at a red light? The BBC have. Or is it that the T&A dont want add to the council's long list of incompetence?
So how come the T&A have not run the story about the council issuing a parking ticket to a guy who was in a line of traffic at a red light? The BBC have. Or is it that the T&A dont want add to the council's long list of incompetence? justjustice
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BierleyBoy says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
angry bradfordian wrote:
Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones. They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm. Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics. And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?
Electric trains can accelerate quicker as they are lighter. They are quieter and they are usually much more confortable than diesel trains which are often old and alot of them should be sent to the scrap yard or somewhere in eastern europe.
How much would electrification cost? is it money worth spending for very little actual benefit?
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones. They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm. Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics. And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?[/p][/quote]Electric trains can accelerate quicker as they are lighter. They are quieter and they are usually much more confortable than diesel trains which are often old and alot of them should be sent to the scrap yard or somewhere in eastern europe.[/p][/quote]How much would electrification cost? is it money worth spending for very little actual benefit? BierleyBoy
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

nrturner says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones.
They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm.

Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics.

And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?
Actually the electric trains on the Airedale Line are much more reliable than the diesel trains. Sadly when the Airedale trains break down, there's more disruption because the trains are more frequent, and there aren't as many sidings to park failed trains.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: Nothing in the article explains why it is so important to have electrified trains instead of diesel ones. They aren't any quicker and they certainly aren't more reliable if the Airedale line is the norm. Without Green explaining why electrification is so important to the economy of Bradford it just sounds like he's arguing for the sake of party politics. And why are faster journey times to Manchester so important to him if he's opposed to HS2 on the basis that we don't need to get to London quicker?[/p][/quote]Actually the electric trains on the Airedale Line are much more reliable than the diesel trains. Sadly when the Airedale trains break down, there's more disruption because the trains are more frequent, and there aren't as many sidings to park failed trains. nrturner
  • Score: 0

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