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.

The Case for Cross-Rail in Bradford

In the Telegraph and Argus letters to the editor, Mr Morris wrote that there was not a need for an across Bradford Rail-Link.

Our response is available published in the T&A, and in full here: Continue reading

Edward Lyons QC 1926 – 2010

The former Bradford MP Edward Lyons died at the end of April, and the following letter was submitted to the Telegraph and Argus by Mr Derek Crabtree:

The recent death of Edward Lyons QC should not be allowed to pass by without remembering that he was a good friend to Bradford.

The Glasgow-born lawyer who lived most of his life in Leeds was an outstanding MP in Bradford for several years.

I particularly remember his valiant efforts in Parliament to persuade British Railways to permit the Thames-Clyde Express to stop at Shipley as it passed through.

That would have allowed Bradford folk a good rail connection to London, the Midlands and Scotland without changing.

He succeeded in getting trains between Leeds and Glasgow to stop at Shipley, but at the same time, the trains from Glasgow ceased going beyond Leeds.

It was not all he wanted, although it did help to make Shipley a little more important as a railhead for Bradford.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, son John, daughter Jane and four grandchildren.

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.

Low Moor Services!

The following are the planned services from Low Moor (as at 26/03/10)

2 services an hour to Leeds

2 services an hour to Halifax (1 continues to Manchester Victoria, 1 continues to Wakefield Westgate*).

We will try find out if this is at all times, peak or off peak.

* for those who ever thought that the Selby – Wakefield 2hr27 minute (19mile direct) service couldn’t justifiably take any longer – it will now include Low Moor!

UPDATED Airedale Line – Delays

There are currently delays of upto 18 minutes between Skipton and Leeds.

UPDATE: Delays were due to a failed train.

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.

£15.2m for two escalators and a ticket barrier

Leeds station’s new south entrance has been approved. At a cost of £15.2million  it will provide easier access to the station from “Holbeck Village”. The entrace will have passenger information, ticket sales and ticket barriers at bridge level.

Having a knowledge of escalators and elevators thurst upon me at home, can someone explain why the proposed solution costs £15.2million?

For those familar with the area, the proposed entrance is in the wrong place for many commuters and will have most benefit to guests at City Inn hotel.

It could have been achieved for a much lower price, but we welcome the development if it increases the number of passengers using the station.

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

Please mind the gap between the train and the ….

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

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

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

Inadequate infrastructure!

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

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