Boost for economy as curve project set for 2013 launch

The Todmorden Curve rail link
The Todmorden Curve rail link

IT’S full steam ahead for the restoration of the Todmorden Curve, with the rail link between Burnley and Manchester set to be operational by the end of next year.

It is hoped that trains will be running along the line by December 2013, reducing journey times between Burnley and Manchester and creating new travel opportunities between Todmorden and Burnley.

Calderdale Council, West Yorkshire Metro and the rail industry are also looking into the possiblity of siting a new station in Cornholme to serve passengers along the line.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “Calderdale Council has supported and helped steer the re-instatement of the Todmorden Curve to ensure the best possible outcomes for Calderdale residents and businesses.

“It is planned to be operational by December 2013, reducing the journey time from Burnley to Manchester by over 30 minutes and opening up new journey opportunities from Todmorden to Burnley, as part of a programme of work to enhance the Calder Valley railway.

“If residents feel there is demand for a new station at Cornholme, Calderdale Council will consider looking at the possibility, along with WY Metro and the rail industry.

“Any project would have to be financially and operationally viable.”

Business leaders and campaigners hope the re-establishment of the curve will bring economic benefits to the area and will also be helpful for commuters and tourists.