May 2022 and beyond: HADRAG responds to Northern plan… and calls for Taktfahrplan Calder Valley!

Is it stopping? Most of the day only half of trains through Sowerby Bridge stop. We think they all should. And we want a better deal for the Brighouse line. (So what’s new?)

Northern, along with other train companies across the region has published draft timetables for May next year. But their draft for next year shows limited changes for Calder Valley line – where the present timetable is set to carry on, pretty much, warts and all. But big changes are expected in December 2022 resulting from the task force consultation earlier this. It seems “Option B+” is to be adopted. We expect to keep our hourly service to Chester, are still going to be kept waiting for trains to south the of Manchester and the airport.

We have taken the opportunity to a call for a Swiss-style “taktfahrplan” or fixed, even-interval with connections between different routes giving predictable regular connections between. For example a half-hourly upper Calder Valley-Brighouse-Leeds/York service could connect at Brighouse (or Elland) Bradford-Huddersfield trains, something that’s never quite worked in the past. Let’s make it work in the future!

Our submission is here. – JSW