Curve debated in Parliament

Todmorden Curve
Todmorden Curve

The re-instatement of the Todmorden Curve and a lack of trains for Northern England were the subjects of a Parliamentary debate last week.

The Westminster debate was called by Labour MP Angela Smith to raise concern at the lack of rolling stock for lines in the North of England after news broke last week of plans to take trains away from Yorkshire lines to give to Chiltern Railways in the Home Counties. Lilian Greenwood, Labour’s shadow rail minister, said there is “real uncertainty” over rail projects.

She said it is “incredible” that the track for the Todmorden Curve will be completed in May but no trains will run on it until December.

Speaking after the debate Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, said: “We’ll keep pushing the Government on it until it’s rectified.”

In other rail news, Network Rail has announced that its engineering work to repair and strengthen Holme Tunnel will be completed on Sunday, March 23.

From Monday, a full train service will resume between York and Blackpool North, and between Leeds and Manchester Victoria. Visit for details.