Campaigners say they are delighted at plans to carry out work at Bradford Interchange

Bradford Interchange

Bradford Interchange

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Proposals have been put forward for a major scheme to refurbish and upgrade the district’s busiest rail station.

Train operator Northern Rail is leading the development work on a far-reaching improvement scheme for Bradford Interchange.

Money is being sought from the National Station Improvement Programme, funded primarily by the Department for Transport, for a project that would include: * The refurbishment of platform canopies and glazing * The creation of a glazed platform waiting room with seating * Provision of anti-slip flooring in the booking hall * Installation of CCTV and lighting to the ramp at the side of the station * Extra seating that complies with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The proposals will be discussed at a meeting of the Bradford Passenger Consultative Committee at 2.30pm on Friday at Bradford City Hall.

A report to go before the committee, prepared by officers from transport authority Metro, says: “Subject to funding, it may be possible to deliver the improvements in the next 12 months.”

Northern Rail said it would not divulge the cost until funding had been secured.

James Vasey, chairman of the Bradford Rail Users’ Group, said: “We support anything that would provide improved facilities and are quite happy to get involved with Metro to offer community support and help make the case for the improvements.”

Mr Vasey said the rail network to the south of Bradford, including the line from the Interchange to Halifax, had been ‘neglected’ compared to routes to the north of the city. He said the refurbishment of platform canopies and glazing was a ‘brilliant idea’ as long as it was carried out to a high standard, as was the case with the recent improvements at Berwick-upon-Tweed station.

He added that investment in station facilities should not come at the expense of much-needed investment in trains on the Caldervale line.

Earlier this year, Northern Rail spent £250,000 on a scheme to install London Underground-style ticket barriers at the Interchange station to cut down on fare dodgers.

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “We are confident the gates are improving revenue protection and security, however it’s too early to give any definitive financial impact. What has been most encouraging for us is that the reaction from passengers has been extremely positive as they can see we are actively tackling the issue of fare evasion.”

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8:50pm Wed 24 Mar 10

Mekon says...

They should apply for funding from the government to create a cross rail Link. Especially since Leeds has just got Half a billion to create its electric trams system (that bradford got rid of) and the new south entrance.
They should apply for funding from the government to create a cross rail Link. Especially since Leeds has just got Half a billion to create its electric trams system (that bradford got rid of) and the new south entrance. Mekon
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9:54pm Wed 24 Mar 10

Mike Strutter says...

How about spending the money on providing extra rolling stock ?
How about spending the money on providing extra rolling stock ? Mike Strutter
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11:01pm Wed 24 Mar 10

caribouk says...

"Train operator Northern Rail is leading the development work on a far-reaching improvement scheme for Bradford Interchange"

How is new seating and mats a far-reaching improvement scheme???

What about the cross-rail link between the interchange and Forster Square??? Now that would be far reaching !
"Train operator Northern Rail is leading the development work on a far-reaching improvement scheme for Bradford Interchange" How is new seating and mats a far-reaching improvement scheme??? What about the cross-rail link between the interchange and Forster Square??? Now that would be far reaching ! caribouk
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10:00am Thu 25 Mar 10

markjoe says...

"Northern Rail said it would not divulge the cost until funding had been secured."

They're going to find out how much money they will get then work out how much they can siphon off for their own gains. Thought you worked out how things cost first then see whether you can afford it or not? Hmmmmmmmmm maybe that's why the country has run out of money
"Northern Rail said it would not divulge the cost until funding had been secured." They're going to find out how much money they will get then work out how much they can siphon off for their own gains. Thought you worked out how things cost first then see whether you can afford it or not? Hmmmmmmmmm maybe that's why the country has run out of money markjoe
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12:28pm Thu 25 Mar 10

ItchyBungle says...

Northern rail absolutely infuriate me because they always want other organisations or the public to pay for improvements that it constantly neglects - and this story illustates that.
That station is soley operated by Northern Rail, and it the salmon-tin trains that use it are also operated by Northern Rail. They install barriers and claim it is to reduce anti-social behaviour and fare dodging - although they release no evidence to back up that they are experiencing a problem and now they want tax payers money to pay for improvements (which if it is organised by Northern Rail it will not be done to a good standard) and not be prepared to tell us how much? Considering the cost of the ticket barriers, which on the whole are pointless (and the staff that operate therm need customer service training and their frontal lobes putting back in) and only hinder people I feel that it should be cost that Northern Rail bares.
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Northern are incompetent when it comes to delivery of improvement and service - and by the fact they have to install barriers at an average cost of £50k I would also argue that they are incompetent at collecting fares also!
Northern rail absolutely infuriate me because they always want other organisations or the public to pay for improvements that it constantly neglects - and this story illustates that. That station is soley operated by Northern Rail, and it the salmon-tin trains that use it are also operated by Northern Rail. They install barriers and claim it is to reduce anti-social behaviour and fare dodging - although they release no evidence to back up that they are experiencing a problem and now they want tax payers money to pay for improvements (which if it is organised by Northern Rail it will not be done to a good standard) and not be prepared to tell us how much? Considering the cost of the ticket barriers, which on the whole are pointless (and the staff that operate therm need customer service training and their frontal lobes putting back in) and only hinder people I feel that it should be cost that Northern Rail bares. . Northern are incompetent when it comes to delivery of improvement and service - and by the fact they have to install barriers at an average cost of £50k I would also argue that they are incompetent at collecting fares also! ItchyBungle
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3:45pm Thu 25 Mar 10

mad matt says...

If anyone has travelled by train on the continent, they might have noticed that on peak time trains there is a fare collector / ticket examiner on every carriage, not just one for the whole train. (who generally hides in the back drivers cab until they reach Bradford)
Also on the subject of the cross-town link - - - ideal opportunity right now since Westfield have flattened most of the buildings that were in the way!
If anyone has travelled by train on the continent, they might have noticed that on peak time trains there is a fare collector / ticket examiner on every carriage, not just one for the whole train. (who generally hides in the back drivers cab until they reach Bradford) Also on the subject of the cross-town link - - - ideal opportunity right now since Westfield have flattened most of the buildings that were in the way! mad matt
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3:55pm Thu 25 Mar 10

spinnekop says...

Yep, Prime time to sort out this cross town rail link.
Yep, Prime time to sort out this cross town rail link. spinnekop
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4:03pm Thu 25 Mar 10

fish'n'chips says...

I agree do the cross town rail link now then i can stay on my train from Shipley and not have to walk through bomb hole Bradford because it's not worth the walk it died 20 years ago it just doesn't know it's dead yet like a headless chicken.
I agree do the cross town rail link now then i can stay on my train from Shipley and not have to walk through bomb hole Bradford because it's not worth the walk it died 20 years ago it just doesn't know it's dead yet like a headless chicken. fish'n'chips
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4:05pm Thu 25 Mar 10

Stilladriver says...

mad matt wrote:
If anyone has travelled by train on the continent, they might have noticed that on peak time trains there is a fare collector / ticket examiner on every carriage, not just one for the whole train. (who generally hides in the back drivers cab until they reach Bradford)
Also on the subject of the cross-town link - - - ideal opportunity right now since Westfield have flattened most of the buildings that were in the way!
But we don't do staffing levels like that in this country! And I know it is a sweeping generalisation - but just look at how much automation is used in public facing services, ATMs; self service checkouts at the supermarket; Ticket machines at the stations, and now the automated barriers.

And I still don't understand why Northern Rail get such a bashing. They are so much better than the mess they inherited from Ariva North. It is not they who decide what rolling stock is available to them, that is basically determined by the Department for Transport - who are responsible for the national shortage of trains in this country. (Despite privitisation, many of the 'bigger decisions' are still taken by the government).
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: If anyone has travelled by train on the continent, they might have noticed that on peak time trains there is a fare collector / ticket examiner on every carriage, not just one for the whole train. (who generally hides in the back drivers cab until they reach Bradford) Also on the subject of the cross-town link - - - ideal opportunity right now since Westfield have flattened most of the buildings that were in the way![/p][/quote]But we don't do staffing levels like that in this country! And I know it is a sweeping generalisation - but just look at how much automation is used in public facing services, ATMs; self service checkouts at the supermarket; Ticket machines at the stations, and now the automated barriers. And I still don't understand why Northern Rail get such a bashing. They are so much better than the mess they inherited from Ariva North. It is not they who decide what rolling stock is available to them, that is basically determined by the Department for Transport - who are responsible for the national shortage of trains in this country. (Despite privitisation, many of the 'bigger decisions' are still taken by the government). Stilladriver
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9:45pm Thu 25 Mar 10

paul64 says...

Stilladriver wrote:
mad matt wrote: If anyone has travelled by train on the continent, they might have noticed that on peak time trains there is a fare collector / ticket examiner on every carriage, not just one for the whole train. (who generally hides in the back drivers cab until they reach Bradford) Also on the subject of the cross-town link - - - ideal opportunity right now since Westfield have flattened most of the buildings that were in the way!
But we don't do staffing levels like that in this country! And I know it is a sweeping generalisation - but just look at how much automation is used in public facing services, ATMs; self service checkouts at the supermarket; Ticket machines at the stations, and now the automated barriers. And I still don't understand why Northern Rail get such a bashing. They are so much better than the mess they inherited from Ariva North. It is not they who decide what rolling stock is available to them, that is basically determined by the Department for Transport - who are responsible for the national shortage of trains in this country. (Despite privitisation, many of the 'bigger decisions' are still taken by the government).
Northernrail get a bashing because the fare dodgers are being challenged. Nobody with half a brain who wasn't trying to dodge could possibly find any method to stop the criminals offensive. Unfortunately this is Bratford the fare dodging capital of the north. The city where right is wrong and wrong is right. And people wonder why nobody wants to invest here.
[quote][p][bold]Stilladriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: If anyone has travelled by train on the continent, they might have noticed that on peak time trains there is a fare collector / ticket examiner on every carriage, not just one for the whole train. (who generally hides in the back drivers cab until they reach Bradford) Also on the subject of the cross-town link - - - ideal opportunity right now since Westfield have flattened most of the buildings that were in the way![/p][/quote]But we don't do staffing levels like that in this country! And I know it is a sweeping generalisation - but just look at how much automation is used in public facing services, ATMs; self service checkouts at the supermarket; Ticket machines at the stations, and now the automated barriers. And I still don't understand why Northern Rail get such a bashing. They are so much better than the mess they inherited from Ariva North. It is not they who decide what rolling stock is available to them, that is basically determined by the Department for Transport - who are responsible for the national shortage of trains in this country. (Despite privitisation, many of the 'bigger decisions' are still taken by the government).[/p][/quote]Northernrail get a bashing because the fare dodgers are being challenged. Nobody with half a brain who wasn't trying to dodge could possibly find any method to stop the criminals offensive. Unfortunately this is Bratford the fare dodging capital of the north. The city where right is wrong and wrong is right. And people wonder why nobody wants to invest here. paul64
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