Campaign to improve train services to London from Keighley

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A campaign to improve direct rail links between Keighley and London is gathering momentum.

John Grogan, the town’s prospective parliamentary Labour candidate, is backing efforts to introduce extra services.

His support has been welcomed by those who have been working for years for improvements.

Currently, there is one East Coast direct service a day between Keighley and London, which heads to the capital in the morning and returns in the evening.

Mr Grogan said this year there is a “great opportunity” to argue the case for more services to London from Shipley, Keighley and Skipton.

“Many local businesses have already told me more trains to London throughout the day – perhaps with one arriving at 9am – would greatly assist them,” he added.

“It would be a big economic boost to the whole Aire Valley in terms of attracting investment.”

He said the Government was seeking to privatise the East Coast franchise, with invitations to tender expected shortly, and it is essential Keighley’s case be put directly to the three shortlisted companies.

He added Alliance Rail is developing proposals for new “open access” services from London to the north, some of which could be diverted to Keighley and Skipton.

“I want to work closely on this project with Keighley Town Council, which has a strong record of delivering transport improvements to the town – most recently Boxing Day buses,” he said.

Coun Graham Mitchell, who chairs the town council’s watch and transport committee, said: “Three years ago we hosted a meeting with the Alliance group about the idea of having additional trains between London and Keighley and Skipton.

“With the East Coast franchise coming up, we are interested in getting the bidders talking to people in Keighley.

“The baseline is that we want to keep the service we have, but I would like to see it expanded. It would be good to have a northbound train leaving King’s Cross in the morning – that would provide a boost to our leisure economy.”

He added: “I welcome the fact John has come on board. We share the same aims over this.”

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3:27pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Stevo54 says...

Sorry I'm not getting the problem here. There are plenty of trains from Keighley to Leeds every day then hourly Leeds to Kings Cross trains. In addition Grand Central run from Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross.

Is the problem that people don't want to walk the few steps accross the platform in Leeds or up the hill to the Interchange from Foster Square?

Perhaps I'm missing something?
Sorry I'm not getting the problem here. There are plenty of trains from Keighley to Leeds every day then hourly Leeds to Kings Cross trains. In addition Grand Central run from Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross. Is the problem that people don't want to walk the few steps accross the platform in Leeds or up the hill to the Interchange from Foster Square? Perhaps I'm missing something? Stevo54

3:56pm Fri 28 Feb 14

pjl20 says...

I have regularly caught the 7am train out of Leeds down to Kings Cross and been behind my desk just off Edgware Road , Paddington before 9.30am in the morning. In time for the start of the day's work.

Catching this early train depends on making the connections between Skipton, Keighley, Ilkley or Guiseley, not the fast main line route down to London.

This is also why HS2 is not required.

Get up half an hour sooner and take an earlier train.
I have regularly caught the 7am train out of Leeds down to Kings Cross and been behind my desk just off Edgware Road , Paddington before 9.30am in the morning. In time for the start of the day's work. Catching this early train depends on making the connections between Skipton, Keighley, Ilkley or Guiseley, not the fast main line route down to London. This is also why HS2 is not required. Get up half an hour sooner and take an earlier train. pjl20

11:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Little Green Man says...

pjl20 wrote:
I have regularly caught the 7am train out of Leeds down to Kings Cross and been behind my desk just off Edgware Road , Paddington before 9.30am in the morning. In time for the start of the day's work.

Catching this early train depends on making the connections between Skipton, Keighley, Ilkley or Guiseley, not the fast main line route down to London.

This is also why HS2 is not required.

Get up half an hour sooner and take an earlier train.
Well said that man! - for once :)
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: I have regularly caught the 7am train out of Leeds down to Kings Cross and been behind my desk just off Edgware Road , Paddington before 9.30am in the morning. In time for the start of the day's work. Catching this early train depends on making the connections between Skipton, Keighley, Ilkley or Guiseley, not the fast main line route down to London. This is also why HS2 is not required. Get up half an hour sooner and take an earlier train.[/p][/quote]Well said that man! - for once :) Little Green Man

11:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Little Green Man says...

“I want to work closely on this project with Keighley Town Council, which has a strong record of delivering transport improvements to the town – most recently Boxing Day buses,”

LOL!
“I want to work closely on this project with Keighley Town Council, which has a strong record of delivering transport improvements to the town – most recently Boxing Day buses,” LOL! Little Green Man

1:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Gobbag Vooar says...

Stevo54 wrote:
Sorry I'm not getting the problem here. There are plenty of trains from Keighley to Leeds every day then hourly Leeds to Kings Cross trains. In addition Grand Central run from Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross.

Is the problem that people don't want to walk the few steps accross the platform in Leeds or up the hill to the Interchange from Foster Square?

Perhaps I'm missing something?
Stevo54.
I agree, it is so easy to change in Leeds, so what is this guy making a big deal of ? So many more important issues that he could address.
Sticking with railways, what about the re opening of the Skipton, Colne ? Eleven miles of track separate us from access to the conurbation of East Lancashire and beyond, this would enable us to get to Burnley Preston, Blackburn etc quickly. I know people over in colne and these other towns are campaigning for the re opening, as they want quick links to Leeds, via the Airedale lines.
I believe that the old track bed is still in a reasonable condition, with no building up to now, and when the gov bring cost into the equation, , they were only too pleased to pour pounds into cross rail in London. Time that we Northern folk had some money spent here.
The line from Colne and beyond should be upgraded, giving fast links out as far as Manchester, and visa versa to those in Lancs.
I would suggest that local lines, where possible should be re opened, making life better for commuters, and others, instead of this daft HR2 which has little to offer Keighley.
[quote][p][bold]Stevo54[/bold] wrote: Sorry I'm not getting the problem here. There are plenty of trains from Keighley to Leeds every day then hourly Leeds to Kings Cross trains. In addition Grand Central run from Bradford Interchange to Kings Cross. Is the problem that people don't want to walk the few steps accross the platform in Leeds or up the hill to the Interchange from Foster Square? Perhaps I'm missing something?[/p][/quote]Stevo54. I agree, it is so easy to change in Leeds, so what is this guy making a big deal of ? So many more important issues that he could address. Sticking with railways, what about the re opening of the Skipton, Colne ? Eleven miles of track separate us from access to the conurbation of East Lancashire and beyond, this would enable us to get to Burnley Preston, Blackburn etc quickly. I know people over in colne and these other towns are campaigning for the re opening, as they want quick links to Leeds, via the Airedale lines. I believe that the old track bed is still in a reasonable condition, with no building up to now, and when the gov bring cost into the equation, , they were only too pleased to pour pounds into cross rail in London. Time that we Northern folk had some money spent here. The line from Colne and beyond should be upgraded, giving fast links out as far as Manchester, and visa versa to those in Lancs. I would suggest that local lines, where possible should be re opened, making life better for commuters, and others, instead of this daft HR2 which has little to offer Keighley. Gobbag Vooar

9:16am Sun 2 Mar 14

Katiery says...

We already have regular trains to Leeds from Keighley and from Leeds to London so why do we need an improved service to Kings Cross? It's fine as it is. For once I agree with pjl20, if you want to get to London early in the morning then there is the ability to do so.
We already have regular trains to Leeds from Keighley and from Leeds to London so why do we need an improved service to Kings Cross? It's fine as it is. For once I agree with pjl20, if you want to get to London early in the morning then there is the ability to do so. Katiery

3:38pm Sun 2 Mar 14

jimmy k says...

hes obviously going to jump on every available bandwagon between now and next may.
hes obviously going to jump on every available bandwagon between now and next may. jimmy k

3:43pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Gobbag Vooar says...

Little Green Man wrote:
“I want to work closely on this project with Keighley Town Council, which has a strong record of delivering transport improvements to the town – most recently Boxing Day buses,”

LOL!
Ha Ha, Green man, I'm sure that he would , a bit of humour from you ?
. On a serious note, seems that we have another would be politician. who wants to wants to be involved in egoistic projects, that cost money, with no real benefit to the community
Still can not understand why Labour did not selected one of its better District Councillors who has some idea about Keighley.
[quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: “I want to work closely on this project with Keighley Town Council, which has a strong record of delivering transport improvements to the town – most recently Boxing Day buses,” LOL![/p][/quote]Ha Ha, Green man, I'm sure that he would , a bit of humour from you ? . On a serious note, seems that we have another would be politician. who wants to wants to be involved in egoistic projects, that cost money, with no real benefit to the community Still can not understand why Labour did not selected one of its better District Councillors who has some idea about Keighley. Gobbag Vooar

11:28pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Stevo54 says...

I'm with jimmy k and predict that this Grogan bloke will be sticking his nose into every news or not newsworthy (like this one) article from now till the next election day.

I'm surprised he didn't have his photo on the story re the duvet on the overheads and saying how this catastrophic incident affected the already terrible service between Keighley and London.

Speaking of which I thought the KN made an awful job of reporting the incident, they never even bothered to find out what TOG rating the offending comforter had been given.
I'm with jimmy k and predict that this Grogan bloke will be sticking his nose into every news or not newsworthy (like this one) article from now till the next election day. I'm surprised he didn't have his photo on the story re the duvet on the overheads and saying how this catastrophic incident affected the already terrible service between Keighley and London. Speaking of which I thought the KN made an awful job of reporting the incident, they never even bothered to find out what TOG rating the offending comforter had been given. Stevo54

6:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

MorriseyRocks says...

Never mind the increase in rail links to London, think about the increase in risks that would occur with those mahoosive gaps twixt platform and train that was so newsworthy a few weeks ago. Following an FOI request to Network Rail about the number of people falling inbetween the gaps in the last 12 month period I received the following report which makes shocking reading.
Dear Mr MorriseyRocks
Thankyou for your Freedom of Information request regarding the number of people who have reportedly fallen in between the gap between platform and train. I reproduce below a full breakdown of the number of casualties as requested.



None.


yours
Newtwork Rail
Never mind the increase in rail links to London, think about the increase in risks that would occur with those mahoosive gaps twixt platform and train that was so newsworthy a few weeks ago. Following an FOI request to Network Rail about the number of people falling inbetween the gaps in the last 12 month period I received the following report which makes shocking reading. Dear Mr MorriseyRocks Thankyou for your Freedom of Information request regarding the number of people who have reportedly fallen in between the gap between platform and train. I reproduce below a full breakdown of the number of casualties as requested. None. yours Newtwork Rail MorriseyRocks

9:30pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

MorriseyRocks wrote:
Never mind the increase in rail links to London, think about the increase in risks that would occur with those mahoosive gaps twixt platform and train that was so newsworthy a few weeks ago. Following an FOI request to Network Rail about the number of people falling inbetween the gaps in the last 12 month period I received the following report which makes shocking reading.
Dear Mr MorriseyRocks
Thankyou for your Freedom of Information request regarding the number of people who have reportedly fallen in between the gap between platform and train. I reproduce below a full breakdown of the number of casualties as requested.



None.


yours
Newtwork Rail
lol
[quote][p][bold]MorriseyRocks[/bold] wrote: Never mind the increase in rail links to London, think about the increase in risks that would occur with those mahoosive gaps twixt platform and train that was so newsworthy a few weeks ago. Following an FOI request to Network Rail about the number of people falling inbetween the gaps in the last 12 month period I received the following report which makes shocking reading. Dear Mr MorriseyRocks Thankyou for your Freedom of Information request regarding the number of people who have reportedly fallen in between the gap between platform and train. I reproduce below a full breakdown of the number of casualties as requested. None. yours Newtwork Rail[/p][/quote]lol Little Green Man

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