Station is only way to end ‘crossroads hell’

Local Elaections. Colin Raistrick.
Local Elaections. Colin Raistrick.
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The only way to sort the horrendous traffic queues at Hipperholme Crossroads is to get people off the road, according to a councillor.

Colin Raistrick (Hipp/Light, Ind) believes the only way to reduce tailbacks, which can go up to a mile in either direction at the busiest times, is to build a railway station.

Both Hipperholme and Lightcliffe have had train stations in the past, but getting funding for a new one could take over 10 years.

The council will install a new MOVA traffic system at the lights, which the council hope will reduce some of the problems but Cllr Raistrick said: “It won’t work.”

“They’ve tried all sorts of things to reduce the traffic but nothing makes a difference.”

“The only way to reduce the traffic hell at these lights is to get cars off the road, and the only way to do that is to build a train station.”

However, the Calder Vale line needs to be electrified before plans for a station can become reality.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan has called on the Government to commit more funding the new Northern Rail hub for Halifax passengers.

The Government committed £130M in the recent budget, still way short of the £560M needed.

Linda said: “I welcome any investment to improve the rail line through Halifax, but I am disappointed the Government didn’t commit to fully funding the project.

“On paper the plans looks good, with faster rail journeys between Halifax and Manchester, and Halifax and Leeds, as well as investment in new rolling stock. But at the moment these plans are just talk. Long-suffering Halifax rail passengers need these rail plans to be given the green light, and quickly,” she said.