Cross Rail (X-Rail) – The Campaign

There have been many letters in the Telegraph & Argus in the last few days supporting the idea of the Cross Rail (X-Rail) link between the two Bradford stations. It has also been interesting reading those opposing the scheme – and their reasons!

We would like to ask everyone to write to their local Bradford Councillors (you have 3) and tell them you support the scheme and ask them to support the scheme in the council.

If you live outside of Bradford write to your local councillor (links at the bottom of the article) and tell them how X-Rail will improve not just Bradford but your local area as well. We will need support from across West Yorkshire to develop the X-rail scheme.

Our local MPs also need to support the scheme, find your MP here. You can write a letter or an email to push them to support the X-Rail plan.

We will have more information about the Cross-Rail (X-Rail) plan at our meeting on the 7th June 2010, address details here.

Councillor Information:

Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees,  Wakefield

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Cross Rail – The Petition

Sign the petition, the statement is short and simple: “I support the proposal for Cross Rail link in Bradford“.

Cross Rail (X-Rail) in Bradford

The plans are out, many of Bradford’s MPs support it. Will this now be the time for Bradford Cross Rail (X-Rail)?

The plans outlined here, followed up on Saturday here.

BRUG Chairman James Vasey,  speaking in the Telegraph & Argus:

It’s a very well planned proposal which has taken time, effort and money. It’s something the rail users’ group supports because it would be a new hub for transport in Bradford.

“We know we’re in a tight [financial] situation nationally, but if we can come back with a regeneration argument there will still be money around.

In the next few days, we will be gauging more opinion and expressions of support will be sought and published at our next meeting.

Previous suggestions for Cross Rail (X-Rail) have included a link between the two stations (similar to Manchester Piccadilly – Oxford Road). Arguments against those who think the scheme would be unsightly, please read this previous article.

A full presentation of the plans will be discussed at our next meeting: 7th June 2010, 7:30pm at Bradford CVS, Sunbridge Road, Bradford

lineside fire: Deighton (Huddersfield) to Mirfield

A line side fire between Deighton (Huddersfield) and Mirfield may cause disruption to services this evening.

Grand Central – Preview Service

Arriving at Bradford Interchange

Today, Grand Central operated their first passenger service from Bradford Interchange to London King’s Cross, the first direct service in over 30 years!

The service departed at 10.22 from platform 2 at the Interchange on its route via Halifax, Brighouse, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster and finally arriving into London Kings Cross exactly at our planned arrival time of 13:46.

Blessing of the train

At Kings Cross the train was blessed by the Reverend Stephen Sorby of the Railway Mission.

The preview service has been reviewed in the Telegraph and Argus, The Guardian, BBC News (Website).

Proud Grand Central Staff

No circumstance was left to chance, even one of the invited guest’s dog was served with his own bowl of water!

We welcome Grand Central to Bradford and can thorough recommend the service.

Services start on Sunday 23rd May at 7:52 departing Bradford Interchange.

More photos to follow.

Grand Central Bradford – London – Direct

On board the Grand Central service to London Kings Cross. The service departed Bradford on time and with a full compliment of local businesses, politicians and passenger groups bound for London!

No trains between Skipton and Keighley

Due to a train failure near Cononley. Services on the Airedale line are severely disrupted. Services to Bradford and Leeds are also affected

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