We’re proposing an upgrade to a section of railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) to deliver passenger benefits along the Transpennine railway.

We’ve extended our feedback deadline until Thursday 30 April

We want to make sure you have enough time to review our proposals and feedback on the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) scheme. That is why we have extended our feedback deadline until Thursday 30 April. 

You can view our proposals and share your feedback online by visiting our consultation hub.

If you have any questions, please call our 24/7 national helpline on 03457 11 41 41, or email: TranspennineEngagement@networkrail.co.uk

Last autumn we asked people to comment on our proposals to upgrade the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury). Thank you to everybody who took the time to feedback; these comments have been vital in further developing our designs.

We are holding a second round of events in your area so passengers and members of the community can come and see how their feedback has affected our proposals.

How have we developed our proposals?

For our second round of consultation, we would like your views on the following:

  • We would like your views on rebuilding Deighton Station 400 metres to the west, versus leaving it in its current location
  • Colne Bridge Road is formed of two arches, both are currently not large enough to allow for the proposed railway to pass through – this requires us to replace the bridge. Two options are currently being developed.
  • To support the new, longer platforms and track at Huddersfield station, we propose replacing John William Street Bridge to support the current existing walls of Huddersfield viaduct. Three options are currently being developed.
  • The redevelopment of Ravensthorpe station and comments on our proposals to move it 300 metres to the west.

Proposed designs

  1. Huddersfield (PDF) 10.6 MB
  2. Hillhouse and Fartown (PDF) 8.2 MB
  3. Deighton and Bradley (PDF) 15.5 MB
  4. Colne Bridge and Battyeford (PDF) 10.1 MB
  5. Mirfield and Lower Hopton (PDF) 10.4 MB
  6. Ravensthorpe and Westtown (PDF) 10.9 MB
  7. Station Boards (PDF) 10.3 MB
  8. Construction Compounds and Access Routes (PDF) 10.3 MB
  9. OLE Boards (PDF) 30.3 MB
  10. Public Rights of Way (PDF) 10.4 MB
  11. Land Plans (PDF) 10.5 MB

Public drop-in events

Due to the government advice on COVID-19, all Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) public events have been cancelled. You can still view our proposals online and share your feedback by visiting our consultation hub.

If you have any questions, please call our 24/7 national helpline on 03457 11 41 41, quoting ‘Transpennine Engagement’ and the helpline will direct your questions directly to our team, or email: TranspennineEngagement@networkrail.co.uk

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.

The Benefits

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.

Next steps

This is your final chance to view our proposals before we submit our Transport and Works Act Order application at the end of the year.

You can share your views on the Huddersfield to Westtown (Deswbury) scheme by sending in our freepost feedback form or filling in our online survey.

Comments can be submitted between Monday 16 March and Friday 10 April 2020.

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.

Contact us

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.