T&A Article – Throwing Rocks at Trains

The T&A is reporting incidents of rocks and even a television being thrown at trains on the Caldervale railway line.
The BTP are investigating and is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Airport Rail Link

Underground trains may soon run on the Harrogate Line (cc) Tom Page

The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that the Harrogate Chamber of Commerce has written to the Minister for Railways to ask for an agreement in principal to the development of a new railway station new the airport, and the operation of a bus connection service to the terminal building.

The plan is significantly less than was hoped for, a full rail link from the Harrogate line to the Wharfedale line via the airport. The plan also recommends using old 3rd rail London Overground trains, this would represent a significant cost barrier. The DfT have stated their objection to new 3rd rail development however. There are alternative electrification schemes which would be suitable for the Harrogate Line.

Low Moor Station – View the plans

Plans for the proposed Low Moor railway station will be on display at Oakenshaw Veterans’ Bowling Club later this month:

Friday 18th November 2011: 2pm – 7pm

Saturday 19th November 2011: 10am – 1pm

Oakenshaw Veterans’ Bowling Club, Cleckheaton Road, Oakenshaw.

You can submit your views to BRUG or to lowmoor@wypte.gov.uk

London to Bradford in 6 minutes


Getting business and investment into Bradford!

In the T&A 28th March 2011

Mr Graham Hoyle quoted in the T&A:

SIR – In the footnotes of George Osborne’s Budget, and despite the austere economic times, he still managed to find £85m to pay for a new rail line to link the two separate stations in Manchester, aimed at bringing substantial improvements for through traffic and additional stimulus to that already successful city.

Makes you wonder if there’s any other city which could benefit from that sort of radically creative idea ?

Now that the funding for the Manchester rail link is secure, and the Northern Hub scheme is proceeding, can Bradford Cross-Rail move up the agenda?

Halifax Derailment – More Information

More information is available here about the derailment of the Class 158 Northern service from Hebden Bridge to Leeds on 5th February 2011.

Bradford Cross Rail

Following a packed scrutiny committee meeting of Bradford Council’s regeneration committee.

We have some excellent news to announce at our next meeting on Monday 7th. (7.30pm, Bradford VCS, Bridge Road, Bradford).

Cross Rail Scrutiny Committee 03/02/2011

Bradford Council Scrutiny Committee will meet at 5:30 in Committee Room 3 at City Hall to discuss the proposed cross-rail plan.
A review of the meeting will be available later this evening.

BRUG on the Pulse

BRUG Chairman James Vasey was interviewed yesterday on The Pulse radio station commenting on predicted increases in commuter overcrowding.

The Airedale line will experience a 60% increase in passengers and the Caldervale line 45%.

Low Moor Station for Government

The Government met at Odsal Stadium earlier this week, it would be have great if they had arrived by train at Low Moor and walked up through the industrial village up-to the station. Visiting local businesses along the way.

Instead the station isn’t built, planned finances are in trouble and the town remains languishing.

Low Moor needs the railway station as much if not more than the promised improvements to broadband internet access promised to residents by the Prime Minister.

Overhead line problem in Keighley

Overhead wire problems are causing disruption at Keighley.

Because of this, buses are replacing trains between Skipton and Shipley, with journey times extended by up to 30 minutes. This is expected to continue until approximately 08:30.

lineside fire: Deighton (Huddersfield) to Mirfield

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

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

Giving train photographers a bad reputation

Also available from BBC News, as has been said before: accidents at crossings are rarely the fault of the railway operators.

Arriva to be bought by Deutsche Bahn

BBC News is reporting that the Deutsche Bahn is likely finalise a deal to purchase Arriva. The deal will be subject to Competition Investigation.
DB Operate the Wrexham and Shropshire Railway and Chiltern and the former EWS freight operator, Tyne and Wear Metro, London Overground. Arriva operate Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country

Huddersfield Area Signalling Delays

Due to a signalling problem in the Huddersfield area, train services are delayed by upto 20 minutes.
Transpennine and services between Ravensthorpe and Marsden are mainly affected

Lord Adonis – Lobbying Deal “Fantasy”

The Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis of Camden Town, denied Stephen Byers’ claim that Byers had exerted influence when the Department for Transport was dealing with National Express over its problems with the East Coast franchise. Video in Parliament (BBC)

Level Crossing Abuse, (Atlanta USA)

Witness: Nothing Anyone Could Do | FOX 5 Atlanta | myfoxatlanta.com.

Click play bottom left of video (The video shows: News Coverage, Advert, Unedited footage).

A reminder! Nearly ALL level crossing accidents are caused by pedestrians or other road users, not trains!

In Bradford Council area we fortunate to have no major level crossings, the few level crossings that are in operation manual gate crossings on access roads. (The nearest Automatic Full Barrier is in North Yorkshire towards Cononley).

More on Level Crossing at Rail Magazine.

Network Rail Level Crossing video

East Coast Branding / Northern Short Trains!

£330,000 to rebrand “East Coast” – Read more …. 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.

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