by jamesbaker on 27 October, 2014
There is some welcome good news today as a High Speed rail project to link Manchester and Leeds takes a step closer to becoming a reality. Improving Trans Pennine transport links will make it easier for freight and passengers to travel between the great Northern cities, unlocking economic growth that will bring benefits to Calderdale too. It will also help to reduce overcrowding on the Calder Valley line as more passengers from Leeds or Manchester will be able to choose to travel on this new faster line.
Electrification and improvements to the Calder Valley line are also a necessity too. Baroness Kramer the Liberal Democrat transport minister has confirmed that Calder Valley is being considered for electrification. There has been a massive electrification programme established by the Coalition Government with hundreds of miles of track being upgraded. Under the last Labour government from 1997-2010 just nine miles of track were electrified!
There is some further good news as a £1bn regional growth fund for transport infrastructure has been agreed thanks to the Liberal Democrats in Government. It is from this fund that the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will upgrade Halifax Railway station. The third platform, and upgrading of the signalling system will enable more trains to run along the line. We also need to improve the car park there and get new rolling stock. It’s not fair we get the old trains from elsewhere in the country!