Rail campaigners call for urgent upgrade to line

Transport campaigners have called on the Government to add the Calder Valley line to a list of potential rail electrification schemes now under consideration.

HADRAG, the Halifax and district Rail Action Group, has written to MP Patrick McLoughlin, secretary of state for transport, urging him to give urgent consideration to the electrification of the line which run from Leeds to Manchester via Brighouse.

Chair Stephen Waring said omission of the Calder Valley line from the Government’s taskforce list was an error that should be rectified ‘without delay’.

The action group argues that the Calder Valley line has at least as strong a case for electrification as some of the other line on the Department of Transport’s taskforce list including the Harrogate line and the Selby to Hull route.

Mr Waring said: “The electrification of the strategic Calder Valley line is a natural, logical, common sense follow-on to the Huddersfield route.

“Passenger numbers at Calder Valley line stations have grown by 80 per cent in five years, outstripping statistics for other routes such as the Harrogate line. It is astonishing that our line has been omitted from the list and we want the secretary of state to correct the omission at the earliest opportunity in the New Year.”

HADRAG is a group of rail-users based in Halifax and the Calder Valley. It campaigns for strategic and tactical improvements to benefit travellers.