We’re proposing an upgrade to a section of railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) to deliver passenger benefits along the Transpennine railway.
We want to create a better performing railway that passengers can depend on with more seats, more trains and faster journeys. By creating a better-connect North, this will provide people with more opportunities to travel to work, study or see family and friends.
Thank you to everybody who commented on our proposals as part of our autumn 2019 and spring 2020 consultations. Your feedback has helped us to shape and develop our designs.
We know we didn’t get chance to show you our proposals in person back in March, as COVID-19 meant we had to cancel our drop-in events. However, we now want to give you another opportunity to view our proposals on upgrading the Transpennine railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury).
Autumn 2020 – Updated Proposals
Why is the scheme important?
Upgrading the section of railway between Huddersfield and Westtown – about half a mile south-west of Dewsbury station – is key to delivering the benefits passengers want along the Transpennine railway. The current layout of railway in this area means we can’t run more trains or faster trains than we currently do, and this section of the track can be a cause of delays.
With 85% of respondents who fed back through our first round of consultation supporting the scheme, we understand how important it is to passengers and the community that we deliver the benefits of the upgrade.
The tracks would be doubled from two to four along most of the railway, meaning a more resilient and reliable railway while also improving journey times and providing more frequent trains for passengers.
Stations would be upgraded to modern standards and will provide better accessibility facilities for passengers. Our proposals include improvements at Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe.
We plan to electrify the railway from Huddersfield to Ravensthorpe – and right through to Leeds. This means cleaner travel and is potentially quieter for those living near the railway.
With more seats and more trains, our proposals will better connect the cities in the North. We want to build a railway which passengers and businesses can trust.
Phase 1 public consultation
Our first round of public consultation took place from Monday 9 September until Friday 25 October 2019. Within this period, we held nine events in the area between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) where the public were able to attend, view our proposals, ask any questions and share their feedback.
Phase 2 public consultation
Our second round of public consultation took place from Monday 16 March until Thursday 30 April 2020. Due to the government advice on COVID-19, the eight events organised had to be cancelled. The public were still able to view the proposals online, feedback or ask any questions via the email or the helpline.
Consents for work
To build a railway outside of the existing boundary, a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) is required. This is a piece of legislation approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, granting permission to carry out the work.
For more information on our proposals you can email us at: TranspennineEngagement@networkrail.co.uk
You can also visit our contact us page or call our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.