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

“finding” Baildon railway station!

We all know that Baildon Railway station is located on Ridgewood Close, just off Station Road don’t we? Or that the grid reference for it is: 53° 51′ 0″ N, 1° 45′ 14.4″ W don’t we?

What if you didn’t know that? On Monday we went to find Baildon railway station, we walked, we drove, and we photographed.

We believe that if members of the public don’t know where a station is, or that it is has regular, reliable train services, how are we going to encourage more people to travel by public transport?
We set out to use the normal road signage to find the station. There is no signage for the station from the A6038 (Otley Road) either at the Junction Inn, Kirklands Lane or Roundwood Road. Whilst this may not be the primary catchment of Baildon station, it already limits who can find and use the station. The only clues that there is even a railway is the Victorian Viaduct crossing the River and Otley Road near Midland Road. – Whilst Saltaire station with no car-parking facilities has regular signage from Shipley to the Saltaire Roundabout.

Where is the railway station?

We went upto Baildon village to find any signage, it isn’t shown on the main posts near the roundabout.

We then decided to try find the station from Roundwood Road, as though we were coming from Guiseley, as we approached the railway bridge, we found a direction sign! But it was obscured by the weight restriction sign that had been placed over the front of it!

Spot the sign

When we continued up Roundwood Road we walked straight past the turning for the station as the 20ft tall sign outside the station could only have been seen if you were walking or driving backwards.

Station Sign

If this sign were nearer the road junction this would alleviate this part of this problem.

At the station there are very clear maps to show where the nearest, and correct, bus stop is for your continuing journey. However at the Bus stops and shelters, even at the bus stop labelled “Baildon Station” there is no map or guidance about the location of the train station. If the main station sign was moved up towards the road junction, this would make the station easier to find. Though a map similar to that at the railway station would be helpful at the bus shelter and bus-stops.

UPDATE: We have received feedback from Cllr Green of Bradford Council and from Cllr Lewis of Metro, they have forwarded our concerns about the lack of signage, and asked for Council Officers to investigate what works can be undertaken.

Axe attack at Keighley railway station

T&A: Axe attack on teenager at Keighley Railway Station.

If anyone has any information about any crime committed on the railway they should contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 (in an emergency call: 999)

Shepley Lion

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

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

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