Quicker trains to London in store ...

TWENTY minutes could be shaved off the three-hour journey time from Halifax to London, if Grand Central’s latest plans get the goahead.

The company runs three trains a day to the capital, via Halifax, Brighouse, Wakefield, Pontefract and Doncaster.

It has applied to the Office of the Rail regulator to add a stop at Mirfield.

But the company also wants to re-route the service between Wakefield and Doncaster, via Hare Park, saving 20 minutes on the total journey time.

The change would mean Pontefract’s Monkhill station would no longer be serviced.

Network Rail also has to sanction the proposal, according to a report to the Calderdale Passenger Consultative Committee, which is due to discuss the implications when it meets on Tuesday.

l Rail fares in West Yorkshire will rise by about 10 per cent in January as the Department of Transport tries to shift the cost of running railways away from taxpayers and towards farepayers.

Metro has lobbied against the increase.

The 50p flat rate concessionary rail fare will also be scrapped at the beginning January, saving £600,000.

Passengers will instead have to pay half-fare.

*Six additional diesel carriages along with 20 electric train carriages will help provide extra capacity on the West Yorkshire rail network from December.

It equates to just under 3,000 extra seats each weekday for local peak-time passengers.

l TransPennine Express has been granted an extension to its franchise agreement from 2012 to March 2015, so that it coincides with the period of the Northern Rail franchise.