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Full steam ahead for new station campaign

Todmorden town councillors David Tattersall and Mike Hatfield with Labour Calderdale candidate Susan Press at the site of the former Portsmouth railway station

Todmorden town councillors David Tattersall and Mike Hatfield with Labour Calderdale candidate Susan Press at the site of the former Portsmouth railway station

It’s full steam ahead for a new railway station in Cornholme as councillors have given their unanimous backing to a campaign group’s efforts.

The Cornholme Railway Station Action Group has been given the green light to explore the feasibility of building a new station in the village and is setting up a working party of local residents, councillors and council staff.

The matter was discussed at last week’s Todmorden Town Council amenities committee meeting, during which campaigners stated that a station in Cornholme would bring an estimated £5m of investment into the area. Couns David Tattersall and Mike Hatfield, who have been leading the campaign, said the town council’s support was a major boost.

“I’ve lived in Cornholme for 40 years and in that time there has been precious little inward investment,” Coun Tattersall said.

“A new railway station would bring in lots of private investment, create jobs and raise the community out of the economic doldrums we have been in for decades.

“It will also attract new housing and business development.”

Couns Tattersall and Hatfield have been in discussion with the various bodies responsible for the provision of new railway stations in Calderdale.

They believe a station in Cornholme would provide easier access to Leeds. Bradford and Manchester, and also ease congestion on the roads by offering an alternative means of transport.

The new Cornholme station would have full disabled access and facilities.

Coun Tattersall said the station would also make greater use of the investment in the re-instatement of the Todmorden Curve and the extra trains travelling through Cornholme.

“Cornholme has been neglected by most of the economic regeneration agencies of Government for many decades,” he said.

“Inward investment has been virtually non-existent in most people’s living memories.

“The Cornholme Railway Station Action Group is now tasked with bringing to an end many years of dereliction and decay.”

The amenities committee gave unanimous support for the establishment of a railway station in the Cornholme and Portsmouth area.

The action group will give a progress report to the committee later in the year.

 

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