Supporters Group Bulletin - May 2016
been significant developments concerning rail services to Harrogate in the
past few months which I have summarised in the attached Bulletin No 17.
Whilst some members may well be aware of some of the news items, I hope that
there is sufficient new information to justify the time and effort to
compile it - and for you to read through it. (If not, please let me
news that the Office for Rail and Road has finally approved Virgin Trains
East Coast's bid for pathway allocations to bring their plans to reality is
really welcome. This announcement was a great relief to everyone who has
been involved in the long campaign for more direct rail services between
and London. These
new services with new high speed trains every two hours each way will be of
great benefit to Harrogate District's businesses, residents and visitors for
many years to come.
It was particularly
heartening to see the ORR refer to the benefit to communities being a key
part of its decision. The needs of the Harrogate community and economy have
always been at the heart of our campaign and we believe this final decision
is recognition that those needs must be met.
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5th March 2015
electrification campaign success
After six years
of campaigning, Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce has welcomed the
announcement that the Harrogate rail line has been prioritised by the
Government for electrification.
Brian Dunsby said: "This is absolutely excellent news for everyone
concerned, and the result of extensive hard work and campaigning over many
rail service with electrification will make an enormous difference to
Harrogate. As well as modern rolling stock, which is something we have
needed for many years, we will benefit from increased frequency, shorter
journey times, and services earlier in the morning and later in the evening,
seven days a week.
2nd March 2015
PROMISES OF MORE
AND MORE TRAINS TO HARROGATE!
have been many important announcements and planned developments affecting
rail services to Harrogate since our previous Bulletin No 12 in September
2014. The summary below highlights the key items of news and the relevant
files or weblinks.
Click here to download a more detailed paper . The relevant files can
be provided by e-mail on request. more...
28th February 2015
GROUP MEETINGS WITH NORTHERN LINE FRANCHISE BIDDERS
Chief Executive Brian Dunsby and a group of members who depend on rail
services have held a series of meetings with the short-listed bidders for
the Northern Rail franchise and the TransPennine Express Franchise - and
with the successful bidders for the East Coast main-line franchise.
The East Coast
mainline services, including the current once-a-day each way direct
London-Harrogate service, will be taken over by a partnership of Virgin and
Stagecoach with effect from 1st March 2015. Stagecoach own 90% and Virgin
10% of the new company, but it will be branded as Virgin Trains East Coast.
ELECTRIFICATION BUSINESS CASE
Harrogate Line Electrification Business
Case going to Government Ministers
We are pleased to announce that the
detailed Business Case for electrification of the Leeds-Harrogate-York rail
line has just been published and is now going to be submitted to Government
Ministers by Andrew Jones, MP For Harrogate & Knaresborough.
The analysis and preparation of the
Business Case has been funded by NYCC, Metro, City of York and Harrogate
Borough Council. Network Rail and Northern Rail have supported the work with
technical and commercial data, whilst Harrogate Chamber provided extensive
demographic and market research data plus feedback on customer needs and
technical issues from the present 160 members in the Harrogate Line
The detailed engineering design work by
TATA shows an estimated capital cost of £93 million, whilst the cost-benefit
analysis by WSP is excellent at 3.61 - meaning a return to the local economy
of £3.60 for every £1 invested in the scheme. The Business Case is now been
submitted to the Ministers in the Treasury and the Dept for Transport to
seek funding for the scheme.
Click here for full news release
18th January 2014
Shortlist for new InterCity East Coast
Potential operators of the new East Coast franchise announced.
of bidders that will be invited to deliver proposals for improved services
for passengers on the Intercity East Coast rail franchise was announced by
the government on 17 January 2014. more...
16th January 2014
GOOD NEWS! The Harrogate Line is
listed in the following Department for Transport News Release today.
7th November 2013
Two Awards for Harrogate Line Supporters
Harrogate Chamber's Chief Executive Brian
Dunsby was presented with two national Rail Industry Awards for the
Chamber's Harrogate Line Supporters Group at the recent Rail Future Annual
Conference in Oxford Town Hall. more...
29th May 2013
reinstatement of double track between Knaresborough & Cattal
On Tuesday 28th May the
North Yorkshire County Council Executive approved the recommendation to
submit a bid to the NYLTB for funding the double-tracking of the 10km of
railway line between Knaresborough and Cattal. Total value of bid £12.5m.
(NYLTB = North Yorkshire Local Transport Body)
10th March 2013
Business Case for electrification is
In response to a long reader's letter in the 7th
March issue of the Harrogate Advertiser, Brian Dunsby assured readers that
there is now a very active Harrogate Line Supporters Group and they are
seeing significant progress in terms of justifying the electrification of
the Harrogate Line on several fronts. more...
25th February 2013
The following update was issued to the
Harrogate Line Supporters Group on 25th February 2013:
Significant progress is being made in terms of
justifying the electrification of the Harrogate Line on several fronts.
The Department for Transport has requested
preparation of a detailed technical study and a business case comparing
costs with benefits for submission in the Spring of 2013. Although there is
no assurance of funding at this stage, our aim is to have this Project ready
in the pipeline when the Treasury decides to release additional funding for
investment in further rail electrification.
22nd May 2012
Harrogate-London Trains have had a
successful first year
new everyday return train service from Kings Cross to Harrogate has just
completed its first year of operation with
good results. East Coast Trains say that over 43,000 passengers have used
the Harrogate leg of the direct Kings Cross services during its first year.
8th December 2011
Line electrification is now
supported by all the local Councils
need to electrify the Harrogate Railway Line between Leeds, Harrogate and
York has now been fully endorsed by all of the Local Authorities concerned.
Following extensive research and
by Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce, supported by Harrogate Borough
Council and local MP Andrew Jones, the plans to radically improve the
services now have full support from the leaders and relevant senior officers
at City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Leeds City Council,
West Yorkshire PTE (Metro) and the Leeds City Region Transport Panel.
“Metro” Line proposals supported by local rail enthusiasts
electrification of the Harrogate Railway Line between Leeds, Harrogate and
York were endorsed at a meeting of local rail supporters on Monday evening
8th August in the HIC Queen’s Suite.