The Case for Cross-Rail in Bradford

In the Telegraph and Argus letters to the editor, Mr Morris wrote that there was not a need for an across Bradford Rail-Link.

Our response is available published in the T&A, and in full here:
Sir,

In reference to Mr Morris’s letter of the 6th May regarding Cross-Rail link in Bradford, We feel the need to challenge some of his views.

In claiming “Manchester gave up ideas of linking Victoria and Piccadilly years ago” Mr Morris appears not be aware that Network Rail have proposed it in their Northern Hub plan and that the Department for Transport supports it!

To claim such a link would be unsightly is to ignore Bradford’s existing eyesores at the expense of improved infrastructure for the future!

Trains on the streets of Chur

Considering the “unsightly” aspect of rail across cities:  Leeds station is built on a viaduct, Manchester stations are linked by a long series of bridges and viaducts which split the city into many quarters but no-one complains.

In Lincoln the railway runs cuts straight across busy market streets, in Chur, Switzerland the train from the station shares the road with cars!

Level Crossing, High Street, Lincoln

We  accept that a cross-rail link would not create new far flung railway stations for people in Bradford to travel to.

Cross rail would make existing stations more convenient for those who wouldn’t have otherwise travelled by rail, and improved journey times for those that currently do. That is the important thing, getting people to (willingly) get out of their cars and use public transport!

The route would create a much larger transport interchange in Bradford, with potential for light and heavy rail across the Bradford district. Such a route would reduce congestion along Manningham Lane and Canal Road – Shipley Airedale Road as journeys become practicable by rail

An across Bradford link would also relieve the pressure on Leeds station by reducing the number of passengers who have to exchange their to change trains, it would open “bypass routes” during engineering works. As a catalyst for public transport across the district it would bring new visitors to the city, and provide improved commuter flows.
A cross-rail link would not, immediately,  need require additional rolling stock to create a Shipley – Bradford– Halifax – Leeds electrified service.

A cross-rail link would bring people through and more importantly into Bradford, something which the hole in the ground (Westfield) currently doesn’t. Cross-rail is technically feasible and comparatively affordable and would quickly become a valuable piece of transport infrastructure in the city.

An across Bradford Rail-Link would be good for Bradford; it’s tourism, business, development, regeneration. It would also be good for the Leeds city-region and Bradford district in providing new commuter opportunities.

Bradford’s redevelopment can be achieved through well planned public planning along with rail, bus and road transport improvements to the district.

  • The civic society, established to preserve and improve the image of Bradford, support with the proposal
  • And finally a video from Chur showing what can be achieved with rail easily and without eye-sore:

James Vasey
Chairman, Bradford Rail Users Group

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

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