Stuart welcomes Network Rail signalling update and Rail Compensation Scheme

On Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd October, Network Rail will be undertaking major work to upgrade the signalling system along the Calder Valley route between Pudsey to Hebden Bridge via Bradford Interchange and Halifax.

An extra compensation scheme has also been announced for rail customers following the May 2018 timetable change which caused severe disruption to non-season ticket holders. 

Disruption

There will be disruption to local services as well as the closures planned along the Calder Valley and before the dates stated above. An increase in work traffic will be seen in the area in the lead up to the dates in order to ensure the work takes place smoothly and that it sticks to the time schedule to avoid further disruption. The three day closure is vital to allow safety checks and ensure there are no ongoing delays with the service in Calder Valley. A knock-on effect is expected on services between Bradford and Leeds as well as other stations in the region.

Constituents should be aware that the short timescale on the works means that overnight work is vital to achieve minimal disruption. Network Rail have pledged all will be done to keep noise levels to a minimum.

All information can be found at National Rail Enquiries and passengers are advised to check online before they travel.

Compensation

Anyone that travelled for three and five days within a week between 20th May and 30th June 2018 will be eligible to apply for a refund. This was due to the disruption caused by the timetable changes. In order to get a refund a customer of Transpenine Express must show proof of travel for the consecutive days. Further details can be found at: www.tpexpress.co.uk/help/may-timetable-compensation.

Stuart said: “I have long argued that an improved rail link will have incredible benefits for our region, city and our communities. I welcome Network Rail’s investment into improving the railway services within the constituency and have advocated investment as a two way street to optimise our economic potential within the region. I am glad to hear that a similar signal change has benefited the route of Ravensthorpe and Marsden via Huddersfield. Whilst the disruption will cause inconvenience to constituents, I hope that work will be carried out in such a way as to minimise this.

With regard to the compensation, it is great news that individual train companies have started to take account for their delays and have started offering customers compensation. It caused great confusion and frustration for constituents and will be a decision welcomes by commuters across my constituency. I will continue to press the Department for Transport for a resolution to the daily struggles commuters in Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough face.”