Cabinet to discuss rail plans

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Commuters could benefit from new rail projects if plans to be discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet are agreed.

Plans to lobby the Government to prioritise investment in electrification of the Calder Valley rail line will be considered at Monday’s meeting.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “The Calder Valley line has suffered from serious under-investment for many years, which has led to a poor, unreliable service for commuters, increased congestion on our roads and is continuing to hinder business growth and economic prosperity.

“If the multi-billion HS2 project proceeds, then it is even more vital that the Calder Valley line is electrified, enabling our communities and businesses to benefit from shorter journey times and better connection with the major cities across the network.

“Strengthening our local railway is essential, not just for Calderdale but for the future of the entire trans-Pennine economic corridor.”

Cabinet will also review proposals to open a new railway station at Elland.