Elland station gets go-ahead for planning

Stephen Waring from HADRAG, Angi Gallagher from GEARS and Jim Gallagher at the meeting to get a railway station in Elland
Stephen Waring from HADRAG, Angi Gallagher from GEARS and Jim Gallagher at the meeting to get a railway station in Elland

A new train station for Elland is a step closer following West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s announcement it ranks at the top of the list of more than 60 proposed stations across the region.

The New Stations Study report to the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee outlines plans for the new station and opens up £200,000 funding for the next stage of planning which includes feasibility studies, timetabling and creating a business case.

If successful, officers at Metro hope to have the station open by 2020.

The campaign for a train station in Elland has been spearheaded by pressure group GEARS (Give Elland a Rail Station) and HADRAG (Halifax and District Rail Action Group).

Coun Angie Gallagher (Lab, Elland) said: “I believe that a new station will give a massive boost to both the economy and the community of Elland, and the progress made already will give businesses further confidence to invest in our town.”

Stephen Waring, chair of HADRAG, said Elland should have had been considered for a station at same time as Brighouse in 2000 and that it is the biggest town in Yorkshire with out a station.

He said: “WYCA has taken a significant step. We knew Elland station had come out with a high benefit-cost ratio so it’s no surprise the station is top of the list.”

Coun Tim Swift (Lab, Town), leader of the Labour group on Calderdale Council, said: “There have been repeated calls over many years for a station at Elland, but in the last three years Labour in Calderdale has made this a real priority and this work is now bearing fruit.

“We have lobbied constantly for this at local and regional level, whilst organisations like HADRAG and GEARS have provided strong non-political, community support.”