Apperley Bridge

The first passenger train to operate from Apperley Bridge railway station will depart at 08:42 to Bradford Forster Square on Sunday 13th December.

The last passenger train departed the station on 20th March 1965.

Join us on the platform for the reopening or tune into Radio Leeds from 8:30 on Sunday morning

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.

Low Moor railway station forum

Residents of Low Moor are invited to a forum meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Park House Road, Low Moor on Wednesday 23rd January from 7pm.

Councillors and Metro officials will update residents about the progress being made towards the construction of the new station.

By attending this meeting you will remind Bradford Council and Metro of the importance this station will play to the local community.

Google Map of Holy Trinity Church, Low Moor.

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.

Shepley Lion

Metro and National Rail Enquiries went into ‘pun overdrive’ on Sunday when a lion was spotted in Shepley: Continue reading

Graffiti on Northern Rail services between Leeds and Skipton

Graffiti reduces the public’s perception of quality and safety of public transport.

London Underground have tackled this by not putting graffitied trains into service.

Due to capacity constraints Northern are unable to do this. We hope however that tackling and removing graffiti is a priority of Metro and Northern.

 

10% fares increase in West Yorkshire

Rail fares in West Yorkshire will increase by 10% from January 2012.

There is the RPI plus 3% to all fares, plus. 2% leasing fee for the extra carriages due in December 2011.

BRUG are currently investigating how Metro were not aware of these increases and what fight was put up against the DfT to avoid them.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-14421508

Extra Bradford Trains!

The Department for Transport is to redeploy 5 trains to West Yorkshire to help reduce over crowding.

The 5 new trains are Class 322, which are being redeployed from Scotland once the Class 380’s are introduced. The existing diesels that supplement the electric trains on the Airedale and Wharedale lines will be redeployed to the Caldervale line.

We have not yet had confirmation if the units will be refurbished before they are introduced onto the West Yorkshire network.

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%.

Transport Direct Website

What is the point of a website that is “Connecting People to Places”, when the information it produces does not provide the most accurate information and makes public transport journeys appear longer than they actually are.

Transport Direct is operated by Atos Origin, funded on a non-profit basis by the Department for Transport, Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly. They state: “Our aim is to provide you with all the trusted information you need to find the best travel option to suit your particular circumstances.

Planning my new route to work recently:

Planning a journey from Saltaire to Otley Transport Direct suggests a journey time of 1hour 15 minutes!

Planning this journey manually using a rail timetable and a bus timetable the journey is only 59 minutes, saving 16 minutes on the official website.

Driving would take 25 minutes according to Transport Direct.

This is not the first example of Transport Direct being unable to provide accurate journey information which is available in other on-line sources.

People will not use public transport if they believe the journey time is “excessive” and worse “wrong”.

Reference: Journey from Saltaire to Otley, 7th June 2010 leaving after 6:30 am. PDF: Transport Direct

£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.

Vital rail links must not suffer from cuts

Published in the Telegraph & Argus (Friday 19th February 2010)

SIR – Cuts to the Local Transport Plan (T&A, February 16) will surely be of great worry to anyone who uses public transport.

The residents of Low Moor will be obviously worried to see if the proposed cuts will again try hold them back from the new railway station they desperately need.

The public should be campaigning vigorously for LTP funding to be maintained. You cannot have a healthy economy (which we all strive to get back to) built on dilapidated roads and rails!

The Bradford Rail Users’ Group will be fighting hard to ensure funding for Low Moor railway station isn’t cut, and to fight for a cross-Bradford rail link to improve journey times and significantly reduce pressure on the ring road.

James Vasey. Chairman Bradford Rail Users’ Group.

Rail fares to fall … except here

With inflation at -1.4%, rail fares should be fall by 0.4%. They are, except here in West Yorkshire, where they will be rising by 1.6% to “enable investment in additional trains in and around Leeds.”

Y&H Rail Utilisation Strategy

The Yorkshire and Humber rail utilisation strategy was released mid-July 2009. At 148 pages and with a large number of appendices it would be almost impossible to provide a critique on the full document, therefore, this post will concentrate on the issues affecting the Airedale and Caldervale lines, (those that have the most effect on Bradford).

Continue reading

Ryk Downes new WYITA Chairman

Otley and Yeadon councillor Ryk Downes (Lib-Dem) has taken over from Cllr Chris Greaves as the chairman of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority. The press statement is available here. Cllr Downes has previously been both the Chair and Deputy Chair as the Conservatives and Lib-Dems as the largest groups on the Metro board alternate the position between each other annually.

WYITA oversees the operation of Metro, who provide tendered bus services and work with Northern Rail to provide rail services in West Yorkshire.

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