Low Moor Station Opening Date

8:30am, Sunday 2nd April 2017.

The first train in 50 years will depart from Low Moor on Sunday 2nd April, after years of tireless campaigning, the station will finally open.

The station is the culmination of work by BRUG, the Friends of Low Moor Station, local councillors, Bradford Council and WYCA.

Come down to the station and celebrate the transformation of the station, and a new future for Low Moor and Bradford South.

“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.

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.

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.

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!

London for 25% less this half term!

Take the kids to London this half-term with Grand Central!

Grand Central are offering a massive 25% discount on their fares from West Yorkshire stations on journeys to London Kings Cross.
This offer is valid between the 1st June and 11th June for travel dates between the 1st and 19th. Click here.
This discount is also available from thetrainline.com using discount code GC25OFF.

Tickets are sold subject to conditions as specified on the Grand Central website.

Cross Rail (X-Rail) – The Campaign

There have been many letters in the Telegraph & Argus in the last few days supporting the idea of the Cross Rail (X-Rail) link between the two Bradford stations. It has also been interesting reading those opposing the scheme – and their reasons!

We would like to ask everyone to write to their local Bradford Councillors (you have 3) and tell them you support the scheme and ask them to support the scheme in the council.

If you live outside of Bradford write to your local councillor (links at the bottom of the article) and tell them how X-Rail will improve not just Bradford but your local area as well. We will need support from across West Yorkshire to develop the X-rail scheme.

Our local MPs also need to support the scheme, find your MP here. You can write a letter or an email to push them to support the X-Rail plan.

We will have more information about the Cross-Rail (X-Rail) plan at our meeting on the 7th June 2010, address details here.

Councillor Information:

Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees,  Wakefield

Cross Rail – The Petition

Sign the petition, the statement is short and simple: “I support the proposal for Cross Rail link in Bradford“.

Cross Rail (X-Rail) in Bradford

The plans are out, many of Bradford’s MPs support it. Will this now be the time for Bradford Cross Rail (X-Rail)?

The plans outlined here, followed up on Saturday here.

BRUG Chairman James Vasey,  speaking in the Telegraph & Argus:

It’s a very well planned proposal which has taken time, effort and money. It’s something the rail users’ group supports because it would be a new hub for transport in Bradford.

“We know we’re in a tight [financial] situation nationally, but if we can come back with a regeneration argument there will still be money around.

In the next few days, we will be gauging more opinion and expressions of support will be sought and published at our next meeting.

Previous suggestions for Cross Rail (X-Rail) have included a link between the two stations (similar to Manchester Piccadilly – Oxford Road). Arguments against those who think the scheme would be unsightly, please read this previous article.

A full presentation of the plans will be discussed at our next meeting: 7th June 2010, 7:30pm at Bradford CVS, Sunbridge Road, Bradford

Grand Central Bradford – London – Direct

On board the Grand Central service to London Kings Cross. The service departed Bradford on time and with a full compliment of local businesses, politicians and passenger groups bound for London!

Grand Central in Bradford Monday 12th April

Grand Central brought their first test train into Bradford Interchange on Monday, photos from Paul Bigland available here.

Grand Central are planning their London service to start on May 23rd!

How will our architectural legacy be judged?

Not directly a rail article, but the Westfield development is a blot to many projects in Bradford including CrossRail. This article by Will Gompertz was tucked away on the BBC site about City Centre Architecture and the recession, where Bradford still has our hole, Leeds developers went ahead and did something:

BBC Website Link

John Poulson has a lot to answer for!

Low Moor – Pick an excuse – Any excuse!

The latest delay to Low Moor Railway Station has been announced!

Councillor Robinson told the Bradford Passenger Consultative Committee that “Bradford Highways’ proposed changes to the access arrangements to the station, which was delaying scheme development.” Minutes: 15th Jan 2010

So now it is the Highways department that is delaying the start of the design of the station? (A request for information has been logged).

The committee is still of the belief that the station will be opened in 2012.

Clive’s Cartoon

In an interview with the Will Kilner at the Telegraph and Argus, Clive Barton (BRUG’s first chairman) talked about the history of coastal services from Bradford including Skegness and Scarborough. Clive put the case for running new services to these coastal resorts. Not only was the article printed yesterday, they also drew a cartoon!

Bradford is a key route!

From Modern Railways January 2010 (p10):
Network Rail and train operators say they aim to offer a rail journey in almost all circumstances between key stations.

The aim to reduce the amount of time rail is unavailable due to engineering works and to reduce the use rail-replacement services.
Leeds – Bradford is part of the 20 key-routes.

Rail Magazine: Bradford Cross Rail & Neville Hill Accident

Bradford cross rail plans have been published in the latest copy of Rail magazine (issue 632, page 12).

Also on page 12 are photos of the accident in Neville Hill, East of Leeds, that caused so much disruption to the network on November 17th.

Available from all good newsagents, and by subscription online.

Photos of the derailment are available here

A video is also available here

Gerry Sutcliffe, getting on-board

In a recent article in the T&A, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP was speaking about the stalled Westfield development and about Cross-Rail:

Can we look at engineering solutions and see what can be done? Is it possible to make Crossrail happen?

“The weight of opinion at the moment means it’s a good time to clear the decks. One of the criticisms of Bradford is that there is no list of priorities.”

Following our meeting on Monday 7th September 2009, Cross Rail is certain on our list of priorities!

Exciting Meeting: Monday 7th September @ 7.30pm

The Bradford Rail Users Group will be having a meeting on the 7th September (7.30pm @ Bradford Community Voluntary Services Group).

The meeting will be discussing a series of proposals regarding a Cross Bradford Rail transport scheme, with short speeches for both Heavy Rail (normal trains) and light rail (trams). Everyone is welcome to come, listen and to make their views heard, the vote that will follow will become the policy of future campaigning for Cross-Bradford Rail.

Click on the meetings tab at the top for address details

NXEC to be nationalised

The Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, confirmed this morning to the BBC and in parliament that NXEC is to be taken into public ownership after admitting that it will be unable to make it’s premium payments. Continue reading

Inadequate infrastructure!

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

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