Woodlands Gala Day (Sunday 26th July)

The Friends of Low Moor Station and Bradford Rail Users will have a stand at the Woodlands Cricket Club Gala day, come and visit our stand, and follow us on twitter @bradfordrail as we talk to local residents about the new railway station that is being built.

We’ll add some photos throughout the day!

Apperley Bridge Station / Kirkstall Forge

Construction at Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge continue at a great pace…,

Apperley Bridge is due to open in August 2015 and Kirkstall Forge is due in October 2015.

Passengers travelling on the Airedale line between Leeds and Shipley will see construction underway as the platform sides and access routes are nearing completion.

Both stations will be served by the Bradford to Leeds services. Passengers to services along the Airedale line (Saltaire to Skipton and beyond, will need to change at Shipley.

Both stations will be immediately popular when they open later this year.

Low Moor – update

A quick update about Low Moor railway station.

The station is due to open within the December 2015 timetable. For non-rail experts that means it will open between 13th December 2015 and 14th May 2016.

Whilst this is a bit window of time, it is highly likely the station will open in January 2016.

The group is working closely with the Friends of Low Moor Station, local councillors and WYCA and others to ensure the station is opened as soon as possible.

BRUG and FOLMS will be hosting a stand at the Woodlands Cricket Club gala on Sunday 26th July talking to local residents about the new station. We hope to see you there!

Crossley Evans – Rail Freight in Bradford

Crossley Evans operates the last rail freight siding in Bradford district. Located in Shipley, the site is under threat from a supermarket development by Network Rail who want to sell the site.

In their recent fightback against the development Crossley Evans has unveiled a brand-new development plan that could revolutionise the site and increase employment to 200.

The site would deliver over 10,000 tonnes of freight onto the rail network. This is the only site in Bradford that can deliver this level of freight effectively onto the rail network. There are currently 3 sites being pursued by developers in Shipley, more information is available here.

BRUG supports the continuation of rail freight in Bradford and would support this scheme.

Low Moor Railway Station – Update

We have received confirmation that the Rail Standards Safety Board have issued a ‘Certificate of Deviation’ for Low Moor.

The certificate of deviation is required so that the railway station can be built on the existing curve. – It would have been extremely costly to attempt to straighten the track in the area – effectively moving the curve. However due the presence of a high-pressure gas main, and the risks of old mine working, for these important safety reasons the station can now be built on a curve. – Normally a new station cannot be built on a curve.

Network Rail and Metro have undertaken site testing and confirmed that the pre-existing curve will not cause an excess gap between the train and the platform. – A major concern of curved platforms.

This major stumbling block has now been removed. Funding for the station is still short by £1.7m, but £5.5m remains ring fenced. The station is due to open in December 2015.

You can support the developments by joining BRUG (£3p/a), or the Friends of Low Moor Railway Station

Low Moor Railway Station

Metro (WYITA) will be announcing a major milestone in the progress of Low Moor Railway Station on Friday. – Come back on Friday morning for an update when we will have the details!

A future for open access?

Can Open Access providers give greater competition, help reduce subsidy and improve passenger services, video:

and its associated report available here. It is based on work by the Centre for Policy Studies.

BRUG doesn’t have a position on the ownership of the railway, as long as it operated for the public benefit. The brief report does raise interesting questions about franchising, especially as first promoted that competition will improve services, though the policy ever since has been to limit the service providers to geographic or route based sectors.

In Bradford we have a limited open access service with Grand Central, has it increased the number of services to London – Yes, has it reduced the ticket price – The walk-up fee is lower than East Coast – (On its route).

This is an issue greater than the railway in Bradford however it is a discussion to be had both regionally and nationally. But for example 50 private and state companies provide public transport in Zurich.

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