Hopes for rail line electrification despite setback

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hopes for rail line electrification despite setback Hopes for rail line electrification despite setback

Network Rail says the Caldervale Line, which links Bradford with Manchester and the North-West, could be electrified in the future.

The Government has started its £600 million Northern Hub rail project, which is set to improve the rail network in and around the North of England but that does not include electrification of the Caldervale Line.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “The plans are not part of the current electrification programme – but that isn’t to say the line won’t be electrified in the future.”

The Northern Hub project is due for completion in 2019. The scheme has been welcomed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Jeremy Blackburn, head of policy and parliamentary affairs at RICS, said: “Infrastructure investment in the North of England is well overdue, especially on the region’s railway network.

"Successive governments have talked about the urgent need to rebalance the UK’s economy away from London and the South-East, so the announcement of £20m in initial funding is a welcome start.

“With up to 20,000 to 30,000 new jobs to be created between now and 2019, and research showing that every £1 spent on infrastructure adds almost £3 to the local economy, it’s important to highlight the how important construction is to the UK’s economic recovery.

“RICS members have a long tradition with the railways – the profession’s origins date back to the huge boom in railway building in Victorian times. Ever since, chartered surveyors have played a vital role in controlling costs and project management.

"RICS members must be at the very heart of this effort, helping the government to achieve its cost saving strategy and to keep the project on the right track.”

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2:02pm Mon 10 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

Why is it that Bradford always loses out? It is hardly surprising that Leeds has left Bradford behind when you consider the amount of public money that has been pumped into the city over the last 25 years. Effectively the poor areas like Bradford are sunsidising the wealthy areas like Leeds.
Why is it that Bradford always loses out? It is hardly surprising that Leeds has left Bradford behind when you consider the amount of public money that has been pumped into the city over the last 25 years. Effectively the poor areas like Bradford are sunsidising the wealthy areas like Leeds. basil fawlty

12:51am Tue 11 Feb 14

Knavesmire says...

Bradford's demise relative to Leeds can be blamed on its politicians and councillors down the years.

- Exchange station bulldozed and terminus moved away from the city centre
- Forster Square terminus run down and moved further away from the city centre

Both of these actions made impossible the prospect of a through rail route that would've made a huge difference to Bradford and its hinterland.

Neither the current Interchange or Forster Square would ever win any awards for beauty, functionality and, now, proximity to where people want to go.

Well done Bradford.
Bradford's demise relative to Leeds can be blamed on its politicians and councillors down the years. - Exchange station bulldozed and terminus moved away from the city centre - Forster Square terminus run down and moved further away from the city centre Both of these actions made impossible the prospect of a through rail route that would've made a huge difference to Bradford and its hinterland. Neither the current Interchange or Forster Square would ever win any awards for beauty, functionality and, now, proximity to where people want to go. Well done Bradford. Knavesmire

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