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A better railway for the economy of the north of England

Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012

Authorities in Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire have formally proposed to the Government that decisions about rail services in the north of England should be devolved to the north of England. A combined franchise to succeed the current Northern and TransPennine franchises should be specified and managed from the north [...]

Chaos across Saddleworth as snow closes roads

Police close the A62 above Diggle (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Heavy snow falling throughout the night and high winds have caused chaos across Saddleworth. Many roads became impassable and most trans-Pennine routes were closed. One driver travelling from Oldham to Huddersfield said he had spent most of the morning queuing in traffic.

At mid-day on [...]

Volunteer lock keepers needed on the Huddersfield Canal

Brian Blessed

British Waterways’ are currently running a campaign to recruit volunteer lock keepers. The campaign was launched in January and has, to date, received 250 applications from water lovers all over the country. With a few spots still available in Pennine areas, British Waterways’ say there has never been a better time to [...]

Petition launched to re-open Diggle Railway Station

Garth Harkness

Liberal Democrat Parish Councillor Garth Harkness is launching a petition in Diggle and Dobcross to support the re-opening of Diggle Railway Station. It is expected to be presented to theTransport for Greater Manchester Committee on 13th April.

Councillor Harkness says, “Network Rail’s proposed Northern Hub rail investment plan 2014-19 [...]

Longest canal tunnel in the UK gets crafty for 2012

Legging through the Standedge Tunnel (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

On Saturday 24 March the longest canal tunnel in the UK reopens its doors again after its winter sleep, as Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre welcomes its first visitors for the 2012 season – with arts and crafts at the hub of the new calendar.

Around [...]

Public given behind-the-scenes look at £500,000 canal winter overhaul

Huddersfield Narrow Canal winter maintenance

As part of its annual winter maintenance programme, British Waterways (BW) is undertaking 15 lock gate replacements and other essential works to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in a £500,000 project as part of its c. £50m national winter maintenance programme.

With only a few months to go until the [...]

Greenfield Rail Action Group’s dismay at letter from Transport Minister

Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012

The Greenfield Rail Action Group (GRAG) are dismayed at the announcement by Transport Minister Theresa Villiers that train operators will ultimately make final decisions regarding stopping and service patterns on the Leeds to Manchester line.

The franchises for the two companies which run the trains are likely to be amalgamated when [...]

Traffic chaos as snow blocks high-level routes

Traffic queuing at Standedge Cutting above Diggle (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Snow blocked many of the high level routes around Saddleworth on Friday evening bringing traffic across the region to a standstill.

Traffic queues blocked roads at Scouthead, Standedege and Grains Bar as vehicles battled with drifting snow and icy conditions. Queues to cross Standedge [...]

Dont get left out in the cold this winter

Diggle Chippy, Winter 2010 (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

West Yorkshire Police are encouraging local people to get prepared for winter.

The past two winters have seen severe weather in some parts of the region, with winter 2009/10 the coldest recorded nationally since 1978/79. In West Yorkshire, this caused significant snow and ice problems leading to [...]

Trans-Pennine real ale trail drinkers in train warning

BBC News 7th December 2011

Huddersfield station is one of eight stops on the trans-Pennine real ale trail

Rowdy drinkers following a real ale trail across the Pennines could be banned from the rail network, British Transport Police (BTP) has warned.

BTP said it had received an increasing number of reports of “drunk and [...]