Rail upgrade thrown a curve-ball

The Todmorden Curve rail link
The Todmorden Curve rail link

The upgrading of the Calderdale rail line was dealt a blow this week following revelations that the reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve has been delayed until at least December.

The development of the 500-yard switchback line will provide direct rail services between Burnley and Manchester, benefitting passengers across Calderdale.

Although the track is now complete, the Curve won’t be used until at least December because of a shortage in rolling stock.

Linda Riordan, Labour MP for Halifax, said: “It is yet another example of our local line being treated like a Cinderella service.

“What passengers want to see is investment, extra capacity and quicker journey times - instead we get old carriages, slow journeys and dither and delay on new projects.”