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

Friends of Low Moor Railway Station

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Low Moor Station

The inaugural meeting of the “Friends of Low Moor Railway Station

Wednesday 27th February 2013 at 7pm

Victoria Park Bowling Club Hut
Cleckheaton Road, Oakenshaw, BD12 7AT

If you want to help with the re-opening of Low Moor station, please come along and lend your support.

£5.5 million of funding for the station is secure, but we need to help improve the business case the station to ensure that South Bradford gets its railway station back!

Bradford Council, Metro, Northern Rail and Network Rail all support the scheme. But we need the public’s support to help show the benefits this station will have to South Bradford & North Kirklees.

With public support the station could be open within 2 years!

For more information please follow @bradfordrug.

 

** The meeting is organised by the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office, Part of Bradford Council.

Westfield – SOLD?

There are news reports today that the Broadway (Westfield) Development in Bradford City Centre has been sold to the retail developer Meyer Bergman. The community, with BRUG and local councillors have campaigned for the development of a Cross-Rail link including the site. It is not certain whether the changes to the site will require another planning permission, or when the council became aware of the change in ownership.

BRUG will continue to campaign for a Cross-Rail link in Bradford, both as a Plan A including the Westfield/Meyer Bergman retail development, (similar to the Frenchgate development in Doncaster), or Plan B in case this 4th Developer in 14 years falls-through.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/construction-property/article3571539.ece

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/9992518.Updated__Westfield_reported_to_have_sold_Broadway_shopping_scheme/

http://www.retail-week.com/property/westfield-sells-bradford-shopping-centre-site-to-meyer-berman/5041884.article

January 2013 Fair rises

The Department for Transport will allow train operators to raise fares by inflation (RPI) plus 3%. This could lead to fare rises of 6.2%.

Northern Rail and Metro will now work together to agree how the rise will be distributed across the fare structure.

BRUG will be contacting both organisations to campaign for a minimum increase following several years of doubled-up fare rises: RPI +3% + WY premium [BBC] which lead to a 10% fare rise last year.

The next meeting of BRUG is listed here.

Low Moor railway station – pushed back further

Metro’s website has now been updated. Low Moor railway was previously due to open in “December 2014”. This has now been updated to “late 2014/early 2015”.

The most logical time for the station to open would be 14th December 2014, railway’s principal change date. And from a publicity aspect if the station was due to open early, then why change the date?

Therefore it is reasonable to assume that the date will actually be “early 2015”, and the most sensible time for introducing the service would be the 15th May 2015. 3 years away.

We are concerned that the station is being pushed down the track and that the residents of Low Moor will continue to have a railway line with no station! – The creation of a railway leads to economic growth and increase house values.

… with thanks to changedetection.com

Bradford Cross Rail Working Group – Majority Report

BradfordIt is here! The majority report from the Bradford Cross Rail Working Group.

The Cross Rail Link Scrutiny Report will be presented the Regeneration, Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 27th October at 5:30pm in City Hall.

We hope you will all be able to attend.

UKIP supporting Bradford Cross-Rail

BRUG Chair and UKIP Candidate in Urban Garden

J.Vasey and Jason Smith of UKIP in Urban Garden

BRUG Chairman James Vasey met with UKIP Candidate Jason Smith in the Urban Garden (Westfield development site) on Friday evening to discuss plans to develop a rail link across the city.

Mr Smith was impressed by the Cross Rail vision which would help revive the city centre as a cultural tourist destination and attract new businesses to the lower Broadway and little Germany quarter of the city.

BRUG discussed Bradford Council’s current plans to move the existing Magistrates court next to the current Crown Court, which would impede the building of the line. The Odeon was discussed as a possible site for the Magistrates court.

During our tour of the city centre we discussed the number of vacant properties between the Urban Gardens and the “mirror pool“, BRUG pointed out this would become the main thoroughfare from a central Bradford station direct to the mirror pool area, and the regeneration benefits this would have upon this part of the city.

Mr Smith discussed UKIP’s plans for Bradford, supporting strong improvements in public transport and making the best use of the existing buildings in Bradford, rather than the council building new buildings at public expense.

Jason Smith is standing for election in the Queensbury ward, a full list of candidates is available from here.

BRUG would like to speak to representatives from all political parties before the local elections.

Rail Fares to rise by 5.8%

July 2010’s retail prices index (RPI) inflation figure was 4.8%, therefore using the DfT’s ticket pricing for regulated fares, ticket prices will rise by upto 5.8%.

However if the DfT choose to change the formula, some analysts expect fares to rise by as much as 10%.

Busy Rail News

On Thursday 12th August BRUG members were guests of Grand Central on a journey from Bradford – London. A full report will be available at the next meeting of BRUG. Our thanks go of course to the excellent on-board and back-office staff.

On Friday 13th August, The Passenger Focus survey on rail priorities showing overcrowding to be of huge concern was reported in the T&A. BRUG and the Aire Valley Rail Users Group, AVRUG, were both quoted in the article. Also reported in The Guardian.

On Tuesday 17th August, the T&A reported Cllr Greaves call for the Transport Secretary to visit West Yorkshire and experience the severe overcrowding on a number of local services. BRUG raised the problems experienced on the Caldervale line of significant overcrowding leading to some people being unable to board some peak trains at stations between Bradford and Leeds.

Our next meeting is on Monday 6th September 7:30pm at Bradford Voluntary & Community Service, Sunbridge Road, Bradford.

Repealing Laws

One of the many laws suggested from removal on the “Your Freedom” website calls for the repeal of the Railway (Electrical Power) Act 1903. View details here.

The removal of this law would remove a number of legal hurdles that “technically” exist that limit the speed of conversion and installation of electrical traction to the railways.

Railways should be electrified and should be planned to include electrification in the plans for all lines, removing the need for a public enquiry at each possible electrification site.

This law creates an unnecessary burden on rail operators and the government and should be repealed.

DFT funding cuts affect carriages

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport

As reported in the T&A, the Secretary of State for Transport has announced a suspension of purchasing new train carriages.

BRUG are obviously disappointed by the announcement, however we will lobby for the Department of Transport to reverse it’s decision, as stated in the NAO report, the PTE’s/ITA’s (Metro) are also strongly upset by the decision. They believe that their planning and their views have been disregarded.

However it is clear from the report that the previous Government and Network Rail have over specified the number of carriages:

The Office of Rail Regulation had specified that occupancy had to be reduced to 70% in Leeds, however Network Rail’s plan would have reduced occupancy to 59%.

BRUG will continue to push for improved rail services and capacity in Bradford and the West Yorkshire region. There is very limited capacity in Bradford and genuine demand for seats. We are campaigning for more seats and more capacity, not just wanting “nice looking trains”.

Meetings – Apologies!

I had forgotten about Easter Monday! Therefore the next meeting of the Bradford Rail User’s Group will be the 12th April 2010 at “Bradford Community and Voluntary Service“, Bridge Road, Bradford.

Meeting: Monday 7th December

The next meeting of BRUG will be on Monday 7th December 2009 at the Bradford VCS at 7:30pm

The list of meetings, agendas and minutes for 2010 will be published on the meetings page.

Exciting Meeting: Monday 7th September @ 7.30pm

The Bradford Rail Users Group will be having a meeting on the 7th September (7.30pm @ Bradford Community Voluntary Services Group).

The meeting will be discussing a series of proposals regarding a Cross Bradford Rail transport scheme, with short speeches for both Heavy Rail (normal trains) and light rail (trams). Everyone is welcome to come, listen and to make their views heard, the vote that will follow will become the policy of future campaigning for Cross-Bradford Rail.

Click on the meetings tab at the top for address details

Meeting 3rd August 2009 @ 7.30

The next meeting of BRUG will be on Monday 3rd August 7.30pm at the Bradford Voluntary and Community Services building on Sunbridge Road, Bradford.
All welcome!

The next meeting of BRUG will be on Monday 3rd August 7.30pm at the Bradford Voluntary and Community Services building on Sunbridge Road, Bradford.

All welcome!

Meeting 6th July 2009 @ 7.30

The next meeting of BRUG will be on Monday 6th July 7.30pm at the Bradford Voluntary and Community Services building on Sunbridge Road, Bradford.

All welcome!

Meeting of BRUG, 7.30pm

BRUG will be meeting this evening at the Bradford Voluntary & Community Service building on Sunbridge Road, Bradford at 7.30pm. All welcome

Meeting 11th May 2009 7:30pm

BRUG will be meeting this evening at the Bradford Voluntary & Community Service building on Sunbridge Road, Bradford at 7.30pm.

All welcome

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