The situation regarding the re-instatement of the Todmorden Curve and a lack of trains for Northern England was the subject of a Parliamentary debate last week.
The Westminster debate was called by Labour MP Angela Smith to raise concern at the lack of rolling stock for lines in the North of England after news broke last week of plans to take trains away from Yorkshire lines to give to Chiltern Railways in the Home Counties.
Lilian Greenwood, Labour’s shadow rail minister, said: “We already have real uncertainty over rail projects.
“The Todmorden Curve is a case in point. Restoring that 500-metre section of track will enable new, direct services from east Lancashire to Manchester.
“Funding for the infrastructure was secured following a cross-party campaign, which included Graham Jones MP.
“The track itself will be completed by May but, incredibly, no trains will run on it until December, despite previous assurances that sufficient trains could be found.
“As Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, has rightly said, that is ‘an inexcusable piece of incompetence about which local people are justifiably angry’.
“I pay tribute to the work he has done to bring the issue to national attention.”
Josh Fenton-Glynn said: “I’m glad Labour is raising the issue of the Todmorden Curve in Parliament.
“It is ridiculous that there will be no trains available to run on the line until December and we’ll keep pushing the Government on it until it’s rectified.”
l In other rail news, Network Rail has announced that its engineering work to repair and strengthen Holme Tunnel will be completed on Sunday, March 23.
From Monday, a full train service will resume between York and Blackpool North, and between Leeds and Manchester Victoria. Visit www.northernrail.org for details.