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.

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 have now closed our feedback for the second round consultation and are reviewing the comments received. However, you can still view our developed designs below.

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

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.

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.

During this consultation period, we asked for feedback on the following:

  • The redevelopment of Deighton station – leaving it in its current location versus rebuilding it 400 metres to the west.
  • 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.

Next steps

We plan to submit our Transport and Works Act Order application at the end of the year.

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.