Rail campaigners will meet next week as they step up their fight for better train services in parts of Calderdale.
The Halifax and District Rail Action Group has long campaigned for service improvements on the line through Brighouse.
It wants the Leeds-Brighouse-Manchester service to be made “semi-fast” instead of calling at all stations into Manchester, and says capacity improvements around Mirfield and Huddersfield would allow more trains along the Brighouse corridor linking upper Calderdale with faster journeys to Huddersfield, Leeds and beyond.
It will hold its annual meeting at the Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, when David Hoggarth, director of Rail North, will talk about ‘Devolution in Action’.
Rail North is the body of representatives from 29 local transport authorities across Northern England which, in partnership with the Department for Transport, will be managing the new Northern and TransPennine Express trains franchises.
HADRAG says the meeting is an opportunity to step up its campaign for a better deal for the part of the Calder Valley line that goes through Brighouse, including the planned new station at Elland.
Peter Davies, secretary of HADRAG, said: “Over the last few years we’ve been seeing a lot more people using Brighouse station on a regular basis.
“Brighouse is a sizeable town with huge potential for even more people to use the train for work, business and leisure if only we had a better service.
“We are asking for a fair deal for our part of the railway.”
And Stephen Waring, chair of HADRAG, said: “When the direct service to Leeds and Manchester started in 2008 passenger growth began to take off. Now we want the new rail franchise to build on that.
“We shall be delighted to welcome back David Hoggarth, a good friend of our group, in his new capacity as head of Rail North. We know that David and his colleagues are ready to listen to us, as are the bosses of Arriva the new operator of the Northern train franchise.”
The meeting on Saturday, May 14, starts at 1pm.
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