The Airedale line is a modern and fast train service running from
Leeds and terminating at Skipton.
SELRAP's proposal is to extend this by reopening the closed railway line from Skipton to Colne, this will allow passengers from East Lancashire to travel directly into Leeds in less than 60 minutes.
This proposal is supported by Arriva Northern Trains and Skipton Building Society, who both recognise that it will open up employment, educational and leisure opportunities throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire.
It also allows the possibility of a direct link to Manchester airport from points from Shipley to Skipton.
SELRAP's proposal will create a fourth East-West trans-Pennine rail
route, providing a vital new artery for goods to travel quickly and
efficiently across the north.
This proposal is supported by Drax: Britain's largest electricity generator, and Peel Ports: owners of Liverpool's new Deepwater Port.