Published On: Sun, Mar 1st, 2015 on 7:14 pm

Government reveals train travel improvement plans for West Yorkshire

Train travel improvement plans for West Yorkshire have been revealed by the government.

Train Routes Yorkshire

Image: Department for Transport.

Residents in Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Pontefract will see changes in services including increased frequencies of trains for selected routes.

Plans to transform train travel in the north were revealed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin earlier this week.

Transformations will take place once company bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine franchises are selected, who have until May and June to submit their bids.

“This is an historic moment for the north”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “This is an historic moment for the north. Improving rail links in the region has been much anticipated. These old trains have been rattling across rails in the north for over 30 years; a constant source of complaint which have held the region back.

“Modernising rail in the north will encourage business, boost tourism and give commuters the journey they deserve; one that is fit for a 21st century metropolis.”

In October last year, the government announced the development of a new transport strategy for the north.

Franchise improvement plans for West Yorkshire

Bradford

Monday to Saturday

  • an increased frequency of three Northern trains per hour to Manchester via Halifax by December 2019
  • one train per hour to Manchester will be extended to Manchester Airport by December 2019
  • one train per hour to Manchester will be extended to Chester via Warrington by December 2017

Sunday

  • more frequent hourly services to Skipton and Ilkley by December 2017

Halifax

Monday to Saturday

  • an increased frequency of three Northern trains per hour to Manchester by December 2017
  • one train per hour to Manchester will be extended to Manchester Airport by December 2019
  • one train per hour to Manchester will be extended to Chester via Warrington by December 2017

Huddersfield

Monday to Saturday

  • an increase to six trains per hour on TransPennine Express to Leeds and Manchester by December 2017

Sunday

  • more frequent hourly service to Sheffield via Penistone by December 2017

Leeds

Monday to Saturday

  • two extra off-peak services per hour to Harrogate, one of which will be provided by the new Intercity East Coast franchise on alternate hours by December 2017
  • one extra off-peak service per hour to Pontefract and Knottingley by December 2017
  • more carriages and seats on trains arriving and departing at the busiest times
  • new service to Settle and Carlisle in the afternoon peak by December 2019
  • one train per hour to Manchester will be extended to Manchester Airport by December 2019
  • one train per hour to Manchester will be extended to Chester via Warrington by December 2017

Sunday

  • more frequent, hourly service to Harrogate by December 2017
  • more frequent, hourly service to Doncaster by December 2017
  • more frequent, hourly service to Sheffield via Moorthorpe by December 2017
  • more regular hourly service to Selby by December 2017

Pontefract

Monday to Saturday

  • one extra off-peak service per hour to Leeds by December 2017

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