Rail reccomendations from upper valley transport group - in full

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The Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Sustainable Transport Group’s key recommendations for the Calder Valley line in full are as follows:

l Customers require later evening trains from Leeds, Manchester and Blackpool/Preston

l Earlier services on Sunday mornings

l A full, seven days-a-week service on the Leeds–Brighouse-Manchester route

l A new direct service from the upper Calder Valley to Huddersfield, and to Manchester Airport

l A new link to join up the railway between Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square to facilitate a wide range of new through service possibilities

l Other new direct services

l More capacity on Sundays

l The new service from Blackburn to Manchester via Burnley to be in integral part of the new franchise

l More capacity on commuter trains

l More modern, more comfortable, more reliable rolling stock.

l Speed enhancements

l An enhanced service and staffing at Sowerby Bridge

l A new station at Elland, and possibly one at Cornholme

l A more robust response to anti-social behaviour on trains

l Electrification

l Achieving modal shift to be a key objective in the next Northern Rail franchise specification

The findings have been submitted to the Government - read more about this at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises