A public consultation has been opened by Network Rail on plans for the Transpennine Upgrade.
Businesses and the wider community of Kirklees in West Yorkshire are being invited to give their views on the £2.9 billion investment which will provide major upgrades in the area.
The Transpennine Upgrade will see improvements on the railway between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York, giving passengers a service that is faster, more comfortable and more frequent.
As part of this upgrade, a section of the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) has been described as key to ensuring benefits are delivered along the Transpennine route.
One of the main proposals of the Transpennine Upgrade is to double the number of tracks on the route from two to four, ensuring faster journeys.
Those living and working closest to this part of the railway – an eight-mile section of the route – will be consulted regarding their views.
As well as increasing the number of tracks from two to four, Network Rail’s plans include significant upgrades to stations in Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe.
Elsewhere, a proposed grade separation at Ravensthorpe will separate two sections of the track from each other.
And finally, the track will benefit from electrification; this is something that the wider rail supply industry believes should increase if the government’s net-zero targets are to be hit.
Kieran Dunkin is the Principal Programme Sponsor at Network Rail.
He explained the benefits that the scheme will bring to the region.
He said: “The Transpennine Upgrade will deliver the benefits passengers want from their railway with more reliability, more trains, more seats and shorter journey times.
“The eagerly anticipated upgrade of the Transpennine Route is approaching its final stages of development, and asking passengers and our neighbours for their feedback on our plans for the next section between Huddersfield and Westtown is a significant and important step in that development process.”