High Speed Rail to Leeds – Not THAT good

It is good news that the Government has finally decided to build HS2. And we support anything that increases the number of people using the railway.

However the route from Leeds to London via Birmingham increases the attractiveness of Manchester far more than that of Leeds.

A direct route in replacement of, or parallel to the East Coast Main Line would not only reduce the length of journey from it’s current 2hrs 20, or even the proposed 1hr20, but to just under 1 hour – If it went direct!

It would also be easier to build on the east coast route, it is flatter and straighter – it is easier to bring more railway into operation and revenue building on flat land than it is having either to dig through or lay rails around the Chiltern Hills to Birmingham.

Let us also remember the most recent plan for the West Coast line (which the new route will aim to replace up-to Manchester) was meant to be 140mph, but everyone agreed it was too difficult and expensive and decided to stick to 125mph.


Major delays between Huddersfield – Manchester

Due to a person being hit by a train at Marsden, services are delayed.

Great British Railway Journeys

The BBC is currently running a series on Great British Railway Journeys, watch again, on the BBC iplayer, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pykgg

New Timetable

The December timetable started on the 13th December 2009. After a week we How are passengers finding it, are services more convenient, faster, slower?
Let us know: online, at our next meeting, or by email (see contacts page).

Please mind the gap between the train and the ….

Leeds Station 26/11/2009 Leeds Station 26/11/2009 07:31

East Coast


East Coast TOC logoEast Coast’s details have been updated by ATOC, the new website will be available at: http://www.eastcoast.co.uk
It is very much a re-hash of the old NXEC site, but this will change over the next month.


Late Night Trains – Leeds – Skipton

A Facebook group organised by Martin Chalk is calling for more late night/ very early morning rail services between Leeds and Skipton.

The Facebook group is available here.

Reported in the Telegraph & Argus here.

Common Sense Regeneration

A Plan to Revive the Fortunes of Bradford and its People.  (With a strong mention of Cross-Rail and an Airport link)

Continue reading

Secretary of State for Transport

Lord Adonis, who recently completed a round-Britain rail journey has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Transport. Continue reading

Fast Track Petition

The Yorkshire Post is running a petition here to ensure Leeds is included in any new high speed rail link. The paper has a full section dedicated to High Speed here.

Even WY Metro is supporting the campaign here.

We would like to see any proposed service include Forster Square and Skipton

Cable theft in West Yorkshire

The T&A is reporting here on the consequences cable theft is having on the running of our local trains.

Inadequate infrastructure!

This is what the Urban Eco Settlements report states about the area between Leeds and Bradford: Continue reading

Ravensthorpe Railway Station

After reading this document regarding Urban Eco Settlements for the new Leeds City Region.

On page 37 it states that Ravensthorpe station be undergoing over £1.5 million of improvements.

Perhaps it linking Ravensthorpe upto a new Low Moor station with lightrail will improve this small station, improve links to Bradford and provide for developments across Spen-Valley.

A light rail development along the Spen-Valley greenway is in the other campaigns section

Ribblehead Viaduct Walk

Anyone wanting to walk across the world famous Ribblehead Viaduct will be able join upto 3000 others on the 26th July 2009. Tickets will be available from the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company priced at £15.

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