Operators give support over rail link

Rail works on Todmorden Curve
Rail works on Todmorden Curve

Two more transport operators have joined the effort to get trains running on a reinstated rail link as soon as possible.

A lack of rolling stock means it could be late 2014 before spare diesel trains become available and enable services between Manchester, Burnley and Blackburn to run via the Todmorden Curve.

Operator Northern Rail has said is it working with the Department for Transport on options for obtaining the required trains.

And now Metro and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have offered their support to get the additional services operating via the Todmorden Curve as soon as possible.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said the involvement of Metro and TfGM was great news.

“Local authorities and rail partners need to be pulling together to make sure we get the investment in the Caller Valley line that we need,” he said.