Severe delays & Disruptions

Following representations from the Station Partnership and other users of the Caldervale rail services, Northern Rail have introduced –

Northern Rail 16 Nov 2012

arrangements have recently been put in place in the event of cancellation or serious delays to the stopping services on the Calder Valley:

East Bound Direction

In the event of a full cancellation of a stopping service from Manchester Victoria the next express service to be issued with stop orders for stations to cover vice the cancelled service.

In the event of late running & the decision has been taken to divert a stopping service via Elland for service recovery reasons or a mechanical fault the following will apply.

Passengers for Halifax, Bradford, New Pudsey & Bramley to be detrained at Hebden Bridge.

The following Express service to be given SSO`s for Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and possibly Bramley.

West Bound Direction

In the event of the full cancellation of a stopping service from Leeds to Manchester Victoria the next express service to be given SSO’s vice the cancelled service.

In the event of a stopping service being delayed or held to follow the Blackpool service ex Bradford thus severing the connection at Hebden Bridge, then the Blackpool service to be issued with SSO`s for Sowerby Bridge & Mytholmroyd.

In all events up to date messaging must be sent to journey check via the Tyrell system, Long Line PA and CIS must also be kept live and up to date. These arrangements will be followed throughout all times of the day.


The intention is to ensure consistency over the route, and to respond to feedback from customers and local user groups that Customers were missing connections at Hebden Bridge for stations to Preston when the express Blackpool service has been allowed to run ahead of the booked Victoria stopping service thus severing an important booked connection.

Associated Risks

In the event of the Express services making all the stops of the stopping services, this will delay them by a minimum of 18 minutes prior to Leeds and may be further regulated into & out of Leeds. There could be the subsequent loss of path to Selby for those services continuing further east. It should be noted that there may be particular circumstances on the Calder Valley, when adhering to these arrangements may exacerbate delays being incurred and so these arrangements are not implement. However the ‘default’ position is that the Special stop orders will be issued unless there are compelling reasons not to.

Northern Rail  message ends

Mytholmroyd – Future and Railway thoughts

Following an initiative by Calderdale Council to hold a ‘brain-storming’ meeting on 24 September the following paper was submitted.

130924 myt future

Any questions to – thanks