Rail group expects to see better services

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A RAIL watchdog is preparing a case for better services for all stations on the Caldervale Line.

The Halifax and District Rail Action Group (HADRAG) wants the best deal possible from new train operating franchises due in a couple of years.

“We are putting the case to Government, regional bodies and train companies,” said chairman Stephen Waring.

HADRAG holds its annual meeting on Saturday when the guest speaker will be Ian Yeowart, managing director of Alliance Rail.

It is currently working towards a two-hourly inter-city service between Bradford and London Euston, serving Halifax and the Caldervale Line under the Great North Western Railway banner.

HADRAG believes if permission is granted from the Office of Rail Regulation the service could form a key element in the future transformation of train services through Calderdale.

The group also wants the current York to Blackpool hourly express service to serve both Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd on a regular basis.

And, when the Todmorden curve - a new line approved last year for a direct Burnley to Manchester train service - is up and running it wants more Todmorden to Manchester trains calling at Walsden.

Further spin-offs should come from the Northern Hub project centred on Manchester which could lead to direct trains from Calderdale to Manchester Airport.

Further development of the Brighouse Line and a possible new station at Elland are also possibilities.

The meeting is open to everyone at the Jubilee Refreshment Room, Sowerby Bridge, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.