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


Bradford CrossRail both reports

In the interests of fairness and to allow easy press reporting, both the Council’s CrossRail report and the Majority (of members) Report are available here:

Council report into Bradford Cross Rail

Working Group – Majority Report

Both reports call for the council to investigate protecting the route of the railway, calls for the council to lobby for better rail in Bradford and for a quick, fast and efficient link to any future HS2 station.

We know Westfield is major stumbling block, but CrossRail IS the opportunity to get Bradford’s economy back “on-track”.

Thanks must go to all members of the Cross Rail working group (and their families) for the hours that have gone into campaigning for the link and preparing the reports.

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.

London to Bradford in 6 minutes

Getting business and investment into Bradford!

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.


The McNulty Review

BRUG’s next meeting (6th June 2011) we will be discussing Sir Roy McNulty’s review into Rail Value for Money.

The full report is available here, and the summary here.

The meeting will also discuss the recent announcement of extra carriages on the Caldervale line and Airedale lines.

A brief update on the Cross Rail project will also be provided. An unusual viewhttp://www.flickr.com/people/neilt/ of Bradford – the potential for Cross Rail.

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.

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.

Magistrates Court knocked back, Cross Rail On-Track!

Bradford’s Magistrates court move has been knocked back by the Regional Growth Fund. This means that the Cross Rail route is still safe.

We do not understand why the council are so wedded to the idea of moving the Magistrates court to be located directly next to the Crown Court. What costs will be reduced?

We already have a number of empty buildings in the city that are need of renovation, that are already in public ownership, surely it would be cheaper to renovate those (Can anyone think of a site near the existing Magistrates that is need of renovation?).

Why not renovate one of the most outstanding buildings and put the Magistrates Court into the Odeon? – It is a sensible use of an old building. Some people may even see the irony of the plan.

Accepting that Westfield is currently stalled, Cross Rail will give Westfield the opportunity to bring new business into the city and maybe kick-start the project (The White Rose doesn’t have a railway station, Meadowhall does – which is more successful?). Westfield have even paid for Railway connections at their other centres. Bradford Council even have the authority to change the planning permission to increase the viability of Westfield. (Section 106A, Town & Country Planning Act 1990)

We need to spend this election season convincing prospective councillors of the benefits of Bradford CrossRail.

A regeneration project in Bradford that can provide employment in the city and access to employment across Yorkshire.

We will be speaker to prospective councillors in Bradford to ascertain their views.

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.

Cross Rail Task Force

Bradford Council’s Scrutiny Committee have agreed to form a task force to investigate the possibility of protecting the route between Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square.

Cllr Sykes, Thornton & Allerton

Cllr Sykes

The committee chaired by Cllr Sykes (pictured), agreed to forming a task-force following a packed meeting on Thursday 3rd February 2011.

The task-force will also investigate the options for Cross-Rail.

BRUG support the founding of this task force and will support its work.

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%.

Cross Rail Progress

This month has seen two highly productive Cross Rail meetings in Bradford. Come along to the next BRUG meeting (October 4th), to find out more. – Progress is being made!

Low Moor – December 2013

WYITA / Metro have announced a push back Low Moor railway station completion date to December 2013.

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.

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