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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-14421508

Low Moor – December 2013

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

Low Moor Station – On Track – But Late

WYITABreaking News: Low Moor railway station has been saved in WYITA’s development plan, following a meeting of the executive this morning.
However it is not planned to be built until 2013/14.

BRUG congratulates WYITA for choosing to save Low Moor from amongst the other schemes and hopes that funding can be confirmed following the comprehensive spending review.

T&A Article available here.

Low Moor station – Back On! (Possibly)

WYITAWYITA is meeting on Friday 30th July to discuss a number of funding options, due to the planned shortfall in central government money.

Therefore WYITA’s spending plans have been rationalised …. and Low Moor is still on the plan! The station is estimated to cost of £5.5million based on their figures.

Metro may still be proved right about 2012 completion date for opening the station.

BUT…

This could come crashing down in the Autumn with the Government’s comprehensive spending review, when all schemes are to be re-evaluated.

BRUG will continue to lobby both local and national government for the funds to bring this major transport improvement to Low Moor.

Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge, Low Moor: On hold?

Planning permission for Apperley bridge has been approved, however the funding is not yet forthcoming from the Department for Transport, the 25% cut across government departments is holding back all spending until a full review of all planned works is undertaken. – Cllr Greaves in T&A.

We have written to Philip Hammond to express our concern about this and Kirkstall Forge, especially as Kirkstall Forge is partially funded by private money!

We remain worried about Low Moor station and will be campaigning hard with Metro/WYITA to ensure that the station does not fall off the list of priorities.

Cllr Greaves stated:

The Bradford worry, if that’s the right term, is Low Moor station. The funding for that was coming from the Regional Funding Allocation. That has been heavily cut so at the moment we don’t know where we are.
“What we have been told is that any spending of capital is at our own risk, so we are sitting on our hands until we know where we are.
The Bradford worry, if that’s the right term, is Low Moor station. The funding for that was coming from the Regional Funding Allocation. That has been heavily cut so at the moment we don’t know where we are.
“What we have been told is that any spending of capital is at our own risk, so we are sitting on our hands until we know where we are.
Just think, if Low Moor station had been rebuilt in 2001, we would have a busy passenger station, at half the current projected cost, earning revenue.

Low Moor – Spending!

The WYITA today met to approve the payments of £53,000 for work undertaken in preparation for Low Moor Railway Station, the budget for the financial year 2010/11 is £850,000, with £4,597,000 planned spending in 2011/12. It appears that Low Moor might be finally on the way!

Complicated finance bit:
The new station is being funded by the West Yorkshire Strategic Programme of Schemes and not the from the Local Transport Plan (LTP) fund.

The LTP fund is designed for a road, bus, and rail spending. Low Moor station was already scheduled to be funded from LTP (£6,124,000). Moving it from LTP to WYSPS has saved this money, so the LTP’s overspend can instead by spend  on traffic management – £13million. (source here) a £28 million overspend.

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!

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