We’re working to make the Calder Valley route between Manchester Victoria and Bradford Interchange via Halifax more reliable

As part of the Great North Rail Project, and in preparation for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, we’re upgrading track, making changes to stations, structures and signalling along the Calder Valley route, creating a more resilient railway for passengers in the north of England.

Video showing a time lapse of the work to install new track layout at Bradford Interchange station.

A look back at the work completed so far:

  • In May 2018, work completed to install two new parallel moves, commonly known as “points”, to the south of Bradford Interchange station. This will allow services approaching from the south to cross over onto lines (and ultimately platforms) previously only available to services approaching from the east and vice versa.
  • A new bay platform has been built at Rochdale station, providing a turn-back facility for services travelling from Manchester Victoria. This will enable more trains to run between the two stations in the future.
  • Track has also been remodelled around Rochdale station to connect the new bay platform to the network and allow faster services to pass through the station. This will contribute to a cut in journey times on the Calder Valley line.
  • Completely renewed the track through Sowerby Bridge Station.

Upcoming work in 2018

Network Rail is delivering a number of improvement schemes to Hebden Bridge station including longer platforms and new accessible facilities and passenger lifts.

The second phase – completed in October 2018 – saw the signalling replaced on the Calder Valley line from Pudsey to Hebden Bridge via Bradford. Find out more.

Once complete, we will have upgraded over 19 miles of the Calder Valley route to allow more trains, with more seats and greater capacity for passengers to run on the network.

Contact us

For any comments or questions regarding the project, please contact our 24-hr Network Rail national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.