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.

Share your feedback by visiting our consultation portal

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.

Public Drop-in events

Drop in to one of our consultation events to hear about our proposals and have your say. This is your opportunity to speak to our specialists to learn more about the scheme and the work proposed between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury).

Find your nearest consultation event:

Huddersfield Mission,
3-13 Lord Street, HD1 1QA
Monday 9 September
Tuesday 10 September
12:00 – 20:00
Deighton Sports Arena,
Deighton Road, HD2 1JP
Wednesday 11 September12:00 – 20:00
Hudawi Cultural Centre,
Great Northern Street,
Huddersfield, HD1 6BG
Thursday 12 September12:00 – 20:00
Bradley Park Community Centre,
Wilton Avenue, HD2 1RS
Saturday 14 September10:00 – 13:30
Mirfield Community Centre,
Water Royd Lane, WF14 9SG
Tuesday 17 September
Wednesday 18 September
12:00 – 20:00
12:00 – 18:30
Dewsbury West Community Centre, Church Street,
Ravensthorpe, WF13 3LA
Thursday 19 September
Saturday 21 September
12:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 13.30

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.

Have your say

You can share your views on the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) scheme by sending in our freepost feedback form or filling in our online survey. Comments can be submitted between Monday 9 September and Friday 25 October.

Share your feedback

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.