Mytholmroyd – Response to the 2016 Franchise consultation

The franchise to run the local services in the North of England is due to be announced in the next few months.

The Consultation Paper is below and comments are welcome up until August 18th.

The preferred bidders announced in August are



Northern  –


The following PDF is the comments we have given —-

140810 questions and aspirations from Mytholmroyd

Early paddle off North Pier?

Did you know?

Mytholmroyd  now has an early morning stop on the  06.43 to Blackpool North.

Ten minutes walk down to the beach, quick paddle then breakfast at our favourite spot near the Tower.49 004 2009 November 11, 2009 1004-2

All before 9am!

This new stop is also useful for those working and studying at Burnley, Blackburn and Preston.

There are connections at Preston to Lancaster, Lake District and Scotland.

Or a Sarnie on Striding Edge – Preston to Windermere train then No 555 bus…..

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

Temporary timetable due to blockage on the Huddersfield line

Modernisation is taking place at Stalybridge that will result in some of the trains coming from the former LNW line to ‘our’ L&Y Calder Valley route.

This will mean the xx.05 service to Manchester Victoria will be terminating at Hebden Bridge.

Likewise, the xx.44 train to Leeds via dewsbury is retimed.

Look at the following for details of the temporary timetable.