Holly at Halifax Railway Station
Holly at Halifax Railway Station

Holly is committed to working with rail users to ensure that services on the Calder Valley line are protected and enhanced. She has been concerned about the crisis on the railways since the introduction of a new timetable in May 2018.

Overcrowding and delays

Holly has repeatedly 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. She has also raised the problems on our local trains at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Following the chaos on the railways after the introduction of the May 2018 timetable, Holly has written to the Transport Secretary and spoken regularly with senior management at Northern (her open letter to the Transport Secretary can be read here).

The Government have promised that services will improve and additional carriages will be delivered by 2019 and Holly will continue to hold them to account on these commitments and lobby for increased investment as soon as possible.

Electrification

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.

She recently spoke at the launch of HADRAG’s Electric Charter to support the initiative. Our region’s rail action groups have developed a charter to make the case for electrification of the Calder Valley line which can be viewed here.

For more information on any of these issues, or to share your views and experiences, you can contact Holly at holly.lynch.mp@parliament.uk

Holly at the Electric Charter launch
Holly at the Electric Charter launch
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