We’re proposing an upgrade to a section of railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) to deliver passenger benefits along the Transpennine railway.
The Network Rail (Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) Improvements) Order.
On 31 March 2021, Network Rail submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application to the Secretary of State for Transport for the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) scheme. On the same date, Network Rail made an application to Kirklees Council for listed building consents under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conversation Areas) Act 1990 in connection with the proposed works.
To view the TWAO application, the Listed Building Consent Applications and all the plans and documents submitted with them please refer to our application documents below.
- Background information
- Our proposals
- The benefits
- Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application documents
- Listed Buildings Consents
- Rule 14(4A) Notice
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.
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.
Our proposals to improve the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) include:
- Double the number of tracks from two to four along the majority of the railway.
- Upgrading stations at Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and providing a new station at Ravensthorpe.
- Separating sections of the track from each other with a bridge (fly-over) at Ravensthorpe.
- Electrification of the railway from Huddersfield to Ravensthorpe – and right through to Leeds.
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.
Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application
If you would like to the view the TWAO application documents, you can do this online via the folders below or download all the documents via the Zip folders.
Listed Building Consents
If you would like to the view the Listed Building Consents documents, you can do this online via the folders below or download all the documents via the Zip folder.
Rule 14(4A) Notice
For information on where any objections to, or other representations about the proposals in the TWAO application or in the Listed Building Consent applications should be sent, please refer to the Rule 14(4A) Notice which you can view below.
If you have any questions or require more information about the scheme, 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. Please quote “Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) – TWAO” to be directed to the correct team.