Todmorden Curve is commissioned

Todmorden Curve
Todmorden Curve

Todmorden Curve has finally been commissioned, meaning new services should be ready to run from May.

Re-opening the curve has cost in the region of £9 million and should see extra services to and from Manchester in operation, albeit 12 months later than these were originally planned.

A spokesperson for Northern Rail said: “Network Rail have completed the signalling work at the Burnley end of the Todmorden Curve and this has now been commissioned.

“This will now allow us to start training our drivers and conductors over the route over the coming weeks.”

She added that Northern Rail was negotiating final terms with Lancashire County Council, the service sponsor, with all parties working towards the introduction of passenger services from the start of the summer timetable on Sunday, May 17.

Todmorden ward Councillor Susan Press (Lab, Todmorden) said: “After all the delays this is great news for Todmorden and will be a major boost for the town.

“We will now be stepping up the pressure to make the station fully accessible to all travellers to and from East Lancashire as well as Manchester and Leeds.”

Earlier this year disabled woman Julie Forshaw started a petition to make Todmorden Railway Station accessible to all. Julie quickly gathered more than 600 signatures, since added to, from members of the public asking for better access to both Todmorden and Hebden Bridge railway stations. Improvements are on track for Hebden Bridge.