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

Putting city back on the right lines (T&A)

Clive Barton was recently interviewed in the Telegraph and Argus about the new Grand Central service that starts on Sunday May 23rd.

Grand Central will be accepting MetroCard passes for stations between Bradford, Halifax, Brighouse, Wakefield Kirkgate and Pontefract Monkhill.

Grand Central Rail Leaflet

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.

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!

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