Rail travellers in Bradford are set to benefit from increased access to employment, education, and business opportunities, thanks to the government’s commitment to establishing a new train station in the city.

This initiative, unveiled last month as part of the government’s £36 billion long-term plan, Network North, aims to enhance the country’s transportation infrastructure, encompassing roads, buses, and railways, through substantial investment.

As of yesterday (14 November), the Department for Transport is furthering its commitment to constructing a new railway station in Bradford by allocating £400,000 to the local authority for initiating master planning on the project.

The planning process will explore how the new station can effectively contribute to the regeneration of the surrounding area, harnessing its potential to generate new residences, employment opportunities, and local economic growth. Additionally, it aims to significantly enhance transport connectivity and reduce travel times.

Upon completion, the study’s outcomes will be integral to a comprehensive business case for the project, detailing the proposed location and delivery timeline for the station.

Rail Minister Huw Merriman commented, “I have championed the case for a new railway station in Bradford for a long time and the funding announced today will make this commitment one step closer to becoming a reality.

“Bradford is soon to become the UK’s ‘City of Culture’ and our scheme to deliver a brand new station and railway line will help attract tourism, unlock access to neighbouring cities and provide the area with the huge regeneration opportunities it deserves to boost connectivity and economic growth.”

The station is slated to be part of the government’s Network North initiative, which pledges to connect major cities in the North of England through more frequent trains, increased capacity, and faster journeys.

In addition to the £400,000 earmarked today for regeneration plans in the city, a total of £2 billion will be invested in constructing the station and a new line, promising a significantly faster 30-minute journey to Manchester via Huddersfield.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council, expressed her satisfaction with the progress, stating, “It is good to see this moving forward, everyone has worked so hard for so long to get this progressed. Improving connectivity for Bradford to the rest of the North is so important to enable greater investment, jobs and opportunities. There can be no successful North without Bradford being successful.”

This announcement builds upon the government’s commitment to allocate £2.5 billion as part of the Network North initiative to support the West Yorkshire Mass Transit System. This system will enhance connections between Leeds and Bradford, Huddersfield, and Halifax, transforming the network with the potential creation of up to seven lines.

Furthermore, the government is actively advancing plans to electrify the Calder Valley Line between Bradford and Leeds, supported by a £500 million investment. This initiative aims to reduce travel times by approximately 40%, from 20 minutes to as low as 12 minutes.