HADRAG wants local people to respond positively as the Elland rail station project takes a further step forward. WYCA (West Yorkshire Combined Authority) and Calderdale are consulting on the latest outline designs with drop-in sessions to look at the plans and meet members of the project team, and an on-line consultation. Downloadable displays show visual impressions of the new station itself and plans of the proposes wider access package, which could include pedestrian and cycle links from as far away as West Vale, with new bridges over the River Calder and canal. There is also a booklet which sums up both station and access schemes.
Fingers crossed, we can be confident now that the station is on course to open by 2022 – who knows, maybe before? The whole combined scheme – a 2-platform station with lifts, car park and wider access package costed in total at a little over £20 million – is a lot more than just a simple train halt. It’s in the West Yorkshire Transport Fund capital programme, but there are still hoops to jump on the journey through outline then full business case to construction and commissioning for trains to stop there. The present consultation is part of that process. Deadline for responses is 20 July 2018.
WYCA is working on the station, and Calderdale on the wider sustainable access. This public engagement period is to allow everyone to see the work to date and give their thoughts. The scheduled drop-in sessions are:
• Thursday 28th June – 12pm to 6pm – Elland Southgate Methodist Church
• Wednesday 4th July – 12pm to 6pm – Brighouse Civic Centre
• Saturday 7th July – 10am to 2pm – Elland Southgate Methodist Church
• Monday 16th July – 12pm to 6pm – Halifax Town Hall
Whether or not you can make one of these sessions all the engagement materials including a list of “FAQ” answers are available on the WYCA website for review: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/.