Problems on the Airedale line

Commuters between Shipley and Skipton suffered long delays this morning due to a broken down train near Bingley.

Many commuters expressed their frustration at not being provided timely information: – Read more for quotes Continue reading

CrossRail support builds!

Councillor Pennington

Councillor Pennington, (Con) Bingley

In an article on improving tourism to Bradford, Councillor Pennington stated his aspiration for an across Bradford rail link. Continue reading

Signal problems at Leeds, cable theft at Dewsbury

Services between Leeds and Huddersfield are suffering delays and cancellations.
No services are stopping at Dewsbury, Batley, Morley or Cottingley.
Transpennine through services are also suffering disruption.

Low Moor Services!

The following are the planned services from Low Moor (as at 26/03/10)

2 services an hour to Leeds

2 services an hour to Halifax (1 continues to Manchester Victoria, 1 continues to Wakefield Westgate*).

We will try find out if this is at all times, peak or off peak.

* for those who ever thought that the Selby – Wakefield 2hr27 minute (19mile direct) service couldn’t justifiably take any longer – it will now include Low Moor!

UPDATED: WYITA Meeting 26th March 2:30pm

The Bradford area passenger consultative committee will be meeting this Friday at City Hall.

Topics cover both bus and rail transport. Of specific interest will be plans to improve the facilities at Bradford Interchange: new canopy, new waiting room, and extra CCTV and lighting.

Low Moor will also discussed: The proposed plan will have 2 trains per hour from Low Moor to Leeds (via Bradford), 1 train to Mnachester Victoria and 1 train to Wakefield (both via Halifax).

Apperley Bridge station plans have been sent to the Department for Transport to be approved (and funded).

Please try attending the meeting if you can, otherwise look out for Will Kilner’s article in the Telegraph and Argus.

Updated link to T&A Article.

Low Moor – Pick an excuse – Any excuse!

The latest delay to Low Moor Railway Station has been announced!

Councillor Robinson told the Bradford Passenger Consultative Committee that “Bradford Highways’ proposed changes to the access arrangements to the station, which was delaying scheme development.” Minutes: 15th Jan 2010

So now it is the Highways department that is delaying the start of the design of the station? (A request for information has been logged).

The committee is still of the belief that the station will be opened in 2012.

UPDATED Airedale Line – Delays

There are currently delays of upto 18 minutes between Skipton and Leeds.

UPDATE: Delays were due to a failed train.

High Speed Rail to Leeds – Not THAT good

It is good news that the Government has finally decided to build HS2. And we support anything that increases the number of people using the railway.

However the route from Leeds to London via Birmingham increases the attractiveness of Manchester far more than that of Leeds.

A direct route in replacement of, or parallel to the East Coast Main Line would not only reduce the length of journey from it’s current 2hrs 20, or even the proposed 1hr20, but to just under 1 hour – If it went direct!

It would also be easier to build on the east coast route, it is flatter and straighter – it is easier to bring more railway into operation and revenue building on flat land than it is having either to dig through or lay rails around the Chiltern Hills to Birmingham.

Let us also remember the most recent plan for the West Coast line (which the new route will aim to replace up-to Manchester) was meant to be 140mph, but everyone agreed it was too difficult and expensive and decided to stick to 125mph.

£15.2m for two escalators and a ticket barrier

Leeds station’s new south entrance has been approved. At a cost of £15.2million  it will provide easier access to the station from “Holbeck Village”. The entrace will have passenger information, ticket sales and ticket barriers at bridge level.

Having a knowledge of escalators and elevators thurst upon me at home, can someone explain why the proposed solution costs £15.2million?

For those familar with the area, the proposed entrance is in the wrong place for many commuters and will have most benefit to guests at City Inn hotel.

It could have been achieved for a much lower price, but we welcome the development if it increases the number of passengers using the station.

Clive’s Cartoon

In an interview with the Will Kilner at the Telegraph and Argus, Clive Barton (BRUG’s first chairman) talked about the history of coastal services from Bradford including Skegness and Scarborough. Clive put the case for running new services to these coastal resorts. Not only was the article printed yesterday, they also drew a cartoon!

Apperley Bridge Railway Station Approved

Bradford Council has approved planning permission for Apperley Bridge railway station. The station is to be built on the Aire Valley line and will have services between Leeds, Shipley, Frizinghall and Bradford Forster Square. There will be 300 car parking spaces at the site. Final planning permission will need to be approved by the Government as the station is within the greenbelt.

Article (T&A)

Major delays between Huddersfield – Manchester

Due to a person being hit by a train at Marsden, services are delayed.

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