CALDERDALE has come closer to getting more frequent trains and reliable services.
Included in Network Rail’s £5.6 billion Initial Industry Plan is a scheme to create a third platform at Halifax station costing about £10 million, perhaps including a bus interchange.
It would increase capacity on the line by allowing trains to pass.
The plan includes proposals for about 700 extra services every weekday across the north, enabling direct access to Manchester Airport from the Calder Valley line, and major restoration of Manchester Victoria station.
Longer trains could run between Halifax and Leeds to accommodate more seating and journey times and connectivity improvements are on the cards between Bradford and Manchester
A new regular Burnley to Manchester service, via Todmorden, could become a reality along with an extra train each hour in each direction between Leeds and Manchester from December 2019.
Calderdale Council’s economy spokesman Barry Collins said: “It is by no means guaranteed that the funding will be there for all of these projects, but it is good to see that the proposals are in Network Rail’s plans.
“More than a million people live close to the Calder Valley line, so it’s important that the best possible use is made of it.”