RAIL passengers now know what they are getting for Christmas – a high speed link direct to London from Brighouse.
Train operator Grand Northern is to be allowed to run the service from Bradford Interchange to London – stopping off at Halifax and then Brighouse.
Other stops will be at Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill and Doncaster. The journey on the 125mph trains is expected to take under three hours.
Grand Northern is part of Grand Union trains and a spokesman said: “The confirmed Office of Rail Regulation award is great news for this area of West Yorkshire and the ORR has clearly recognised the importance of these services to the million or so people who will benefit from their introduction.
“The services are expected to commence later this year in December.’’
Ian Yeowart, Grand Northern’s managing director, said: “The direct new Intercity train from West Yorkshire is fantastic news. It comes after a considerable amount of time and investment to arrive at the final decisions we’ve had today.
“We now look forward to delivering on our promise for our many current and new customers. The award of routes to West Yorkshire for Grand Northern has been a long time coming.
We must now get on with the significant task of preparing for operations, including recruitment, which will see a significant number of new jobs created in the Bradford area.’’
The 125mph trains are expected to run from Halifax at 7.02am, 10.34am and 3.34pm.
Return journeys are proposed for 10.50am, 2.20pm and 7.30pm.
Commuters will be charged a walk-on fee of £34 for a single or about double for a return.
Stephen Waring from Halifax and District Rail Action Group said: “A lot of us still cannot believe this is happening.