Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has called on Transport for the North (TfN) to include a stop at Bradford when it submits its proposals for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) to the government.
Cummins urged rail minister Andrew Jones to weigh in on the decision or risk “repeating the mistakes of the past”.
TfN is expected to submit its £35bn business case to the government in February after delaying the official submission originally scheduled for December.
The rail project will connect Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield and is the third project on the list of projected infrastructure spends over the next 20 years in the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment.
“The minister may recall from our conversation his supportive disposition to a Bradford stop on the NPR line and I must re-emphasise in the strongest possible terms the importance of this being a city centre station,” said Cummins.
“Bradford, like other towns and cities across the North, urgently needs this high speed rail link to meet growing demand and to fulfil our economic potential.
“And that investment in NPR should include a Bradford stop in the city centre where the benefits will be felt by the greatest number of people.”
In response Jones urged TfN to “get on with” submitting its proposal, stressing the importance NPR has by linking with High Speed 2.
TfN Rail stakeholder manager Simon Shrouder told New Civil Engineer that Bradford has been factored into the business case for NPR.
While he said exact station locations had yet to be finalised, he said that the economic benefit to Bradford will be part of the business plan.
“Bradford is a really important part of the Northern Powerhouse and we have been working with them to make sure that the rail line is best connected to the city,” said Shrouder.
“We have a great team working really hard to make the best business case possible to ensure that this gets the go ahead.”
Speaking to New Civil Engineer last month, TfN director of NPR Tim Wood said NPR was to be delivered differently by involving contractors before the usual early contractor involvement stage, as well as spending more money on ground investigations so that ground risks could be designed out.
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