A TRAIN company wants to set up a direct rail service from Mirfield to London.
But a spokesman for Grand Central said the decision ultimately depended on getting the go-ahead from Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure.
He said: “We have previously expressed an interest in serving Mirfield as part of our existing West Riding service between Bradford Interchange and London.
“But this is dependant upon getting suitable timings from Network Rail and we are in discussions with them about this.
“However, at present it appears that calling at Mirfield may result in inconvenience to users of other rail services in the area.
“We are continuing to work with Network Rail to see if a solution can be found that would benefit all rail users.”
Grand Central began its West Riding timetable in May this year.
For Brighouse it was the first time a London-bound train had called at the town’s station since 1969.
Starting at Bradford, the service calls at Halifax, Brighouse, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill and Doncaster before arriving at London King’s Cross.
The distinctive black and orange trains have become a familiar sight in the area, with six services each weekday.
Next month Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell will meet the managing director of Grand Central, Tom Clift, to discuss the possibility of the service calling at Mirfield.
He said: “I’m a huge fan of Grand Central and believe it’s done a great job in providing a quality direct service to London for many communities in West Yorkshire.
“If we could get a direct service from Mirfield as well that would be of enormous benefit for those who travel to the capital for work and leisure.
“It could take a year or two, but it’s certainly a campaign worth fighting and I’m looking forward to meeting with Grand Central next month.”