HADRAG Reports

Summer 2017 update. HADRAG’s response to Northern’s May 2018 timetable proposals here: HADRAG&UCVRSTG May’18 consult response FINAL

HADRAG has updated its report on Developing the Calder Valley Line train service (click here). It’s still about a better deal for Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge – stations that saw biggest growth in footfall on our line between 2006 and 2015 but for which the promise the new train franchise remains unclear. We also want to see the benefits of the additional service every hour from 2019 – including services to Manchester’s south side and the Airport – spread to more stations on our line. We say it shouldn’t just be about getting between the bigger towns and cities as fast as possible;

Nice train heading south! TransPennine Express Class 170 on a farewell trip before dispatched to the home counties and Chiltern Railway’s fleet. Loss of these decent quality trains has left the North with temporary rolling stock issues affecting the Arriva franchise’s Northern Railway as well as TPE. But there should be good news and patience rewarded when, in 2-3 years, Northern takes delivery of brand new trains for Northern Connect services running through Halifax and Bradford. Meanwhile, more of the nice Class 170s are expected to arrive from Scotland for the Leeds-Brighouse-Manchester-Southport service.

smaller communities, places like Mytholmroyd and Low Moor – the latter to get its own station in late 2016 or early ’17 – deserve a share of the new deal. Timetable planning also needs to allow for a new station at Elland. And beyond 2020 we want the Elland/Brighouse rail corridor developing as a fast route from Calderdale to Leeds, with possible new services from the upper valley to Huddersfield and maybe on to places like Wakefield and York, bypassing Leeds. It should be about opening up rail connectivity for more and more people for all different sorts of journey – not just commuting!



Developing the Calder Valley Line train service

Towards a better deal for Sowerby Bridge and the Brighouse corridor 2016-24

Updated September 2016