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Positive talks on railway station

Mark Rose (Station Policy Advisor  Department for Transport), Paul Stevenson (Grand Central ambassador scheme representative), Dr Paul Salveson (visiting professor of Huddersfield University representing Passenger Focus), John Buxton & Steven Lord of the Brighouse Business Initiative.

Mark Rose (Station Policy Advisor  Department for Transport), Paul Stevenson (Grand Central ambassador scheme representative), Dr Paul Salveson (visiting professor of Huddersfield University representing Passenger Focus), John Buxton & Steven Lord of the Brighouse Business Initiative.

Improvements at Brighouse Railway station could be on the way after a meeting with the Department for Transport (DfT) officials.

Mark Rose, station policy advisor for the DfT, met with Paul Stevenson, Grand Central ambassador scheme representative, Dr Paul Salveson, visiting professor of Huddersfield University representing Passenger Focus, and members from the Brighouse Business Initiative.

Steven Lord, from BBI, said the meeting was part of Mr Rose’s visit to the region from London, and had very productive discussions about the station and the success it has seen since its opening.
“We talked about how we would like to see plans for a cafe at the station and perhaps introduce flower beds and brighten up the appearance.

“We also talked about holding a farmer’s market in the car park on a weekend,” he said.

The discussions follow Calderdale Council’s cabinet meeting to discuss electrification of the Calder Valley line.

Councillors have agreed plans to lobby central government to ensure electrification of the Calder Valley line.

Cabinet members approved a report aimed at developing “a hard edged economic argument or strategic business case for investment in the line and follow this up with high level engagement and lobbying”.

Council leader Tim Swift said: “For a very long time it has felt like the Calder Valley was bottom of the pile when it came to investment nationally.

“We are very clear about having a strong message about lobbying and developing economic business case for investment in the line and electrification of the line is central to that.”

This week, Network Rail announced a five year investment plan for the north but Coun Swift said more needed to be done to ensure that the Calder Valley line is not left behind.

Councillors also gave the green light to the next stage of developing a train station at Elland.£75,000 has been allocated from the Economic Taskforce and Local Transport Plan with a further £125,000 of funding sought from Metro to move the plans along to the next stage of the Governance to Rail Improvement Projects (GRIP) process.

Coun Barry Collins said: “Elland should have had a new station around the year 2000 when Brighouse got theirs.”

He said Elland could hope to have a station in place by 2019/2020.

 

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