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-connected North, this will provide people with more opportunities to travel to work, study or see family and friends.

The Scheme

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 such major improvements to the railway proposed in this area, we would like to hear your views.

Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) Proposals

Our proposals for the scheme include:

  • Doubling the number of tracks from two to four along the majority of the railway
  • Separating sections of track from each other by either a bridge (fly-over) or tunnel (dive-under) at Ravensthorpe
  • Upgrading stations at Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe
  • Electrification of the railway from Huddersfield to Ravensthorpe – and right through to Leeds.

You can view our proposed designs for each section of the route below:

  1. Huddersfield – 30.0 MB (PDF document)
  2. Hillhouse and Fartown – 9.5 MB (PDF document)
  3. Deighton and Bradley – 41.7 MB (PDF document)
  4. Colne Bridge and Battyeford – 4.2 MB (PDF document)
  5. Mirfield and Lower Hopton – 29.5 MB (PDF document)
  6. Ravensthorpe and Westtown (Dewsbury) – 18.7 MB (PDF document)
  7. Station boards – 51.6 MB (PDF document)

The Benefits

Our proposals for the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) scheme would deliver a range of benefits including:

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 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 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.

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.

Next steps

We intend to submit a Transport and Works Act Order application in autumn 2020. Prior to submitting the application, we want to hear your feedback. This will help inform the further development of our proposals.

The first round of public consultation has now closed, and we are analysing the feedback received. This feedback will help us to further develop our proposals for the second public consultation, taking place in early 2020.

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.