Upgrade works on the Calder Valley line, including the route between Hebden Bridge and Bradford, are “currently being planned”, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said in a Commons Written Reply to Holly Lynch (Labour, Halifax) on December 4.
“The intention is to complete the works in phases, starting at the western end and finishing in time to provide a diversionary route such that the trans-Pennine Route Upgrade can be completed by 2022,” he added.
He said that Network Rail is currently preparing a draft update to its Enhancements Delivery Plan, which will provide details of individual projects. The Department for Transport will hold a short period of stakeholder consultation following publication.
In reply to another question from Lynch, Jones said: “The details of the calling patterns of the (trains being diverted onto the Calder Valley line from the Trans-Pennine route) are not yet determined, as the works need to be planned first. The DfT and Rail North will work with the new train operators over the next few years to plan the calling patterns.”