IT’S good news that Kirklees has its first direct train link to London.
And it's Mirfield’s small station which gets the accolade over the busier Huddersfield Railway Station.
It’s coming in time for Christmas with the first train on Monday, December 12, and three trains a day will call at Mirfield on the way to the capital.
It can only bring benefits to the town – it will certainly make business, commuting and leisure all the easier.
And it might even boost Mirfield businesses and attract others to the town with the advantage and selling point of being on a direct link to London.
But the surrounding infrastructure needs to be suitable.
For example, Mirfield has just 35 parking spaces in its car park, although luckily they’re free for passengers.
The station doesn’t boast a waiting room, although it does have shelters, and there isn’t anywhere to pre-buy tickets.
Rail bosses also need to ensure that connecting trains link in with the London departure.
Maybe this is the opportunity Mirfield station needs to improve the services it offers customers.
And it could happen, because local councillors have been fighting for this for more than two years.
They’ve made it happen, maybe they can also ring the changes to ensure the service becomes invaluable to Mirfield.