Holly is committed to working with rail users to ensure that services on the Calder Valley line are protected and enhanced. She is focused on a number of issues which are of particular concern to commuters and leisure travellers:
Holly has called on the Government to take action to ease the ‘commuter crush’ on overcrowded trains to Leeds and Manchester from Halifax. She has raised this issue at Transport Questions in the House of Commons and written to Northern about it.
The Government have promised that additional carriages will be delivered by 2019 and Holly will continue to hold them to account on this commitment and lobby for increased investment as soon as possible.
Following her campaign to improve capacity Northern announced that they would be running an additional Grand Central branded train from Halifax to Leeds in the mornings which will improve capacity.
Scheduling of Services
Holly is concerned that the proposed new timetable for the Calder Valley Line will lead to reduced services from Sowerby Bridge.
There are some welcome elements of the new proposals due to Network Rail's construction of the Ordsall Chord in Manchester which allows services to travel around the city centre. This will allow trains to travel from Halifax to Manchester Airport, Liverpool and Chester.
However proposed cuts to Sowerby Bridge services on Sundays, late at night, and on the Huddersfield route, have prompted Holly to write to Northern's Director Alan Chaplin highlighting her concerns. Read more here.
In 2015 the Northern Electrification Task Force recommended a list of rail routes to Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, for electrification in the rail industry’s 2019 5-year plan.
The full Calder Valley Line linking Leeds with Manchester and Preston via Halifax and Bradford was top of the list in terms of economic and operational benefits. Calder Valley Line electrification could bring a significant economic boost to Halifax as well as reducing travel times and improving the frequency of services.
Holly has pledged to campaign for the electrification of the Calder Valley Line as well as for the guaranteed delivery of a package of more minor improvements to the line which have been promised over coming years. You can read more on Holly's thoughts about electrification here.
For more information on any of these issues, or to share your views and experiences, you can contact Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org