SELRAP Project : Key facts
|| Some key facts taken from reports and other documents.
Connecting communities across the north.
- We propose to construct a 'new' 12 mile section of railway line between Skipton and Colne.
- This will connect into the existing rail networks of Yorkshire and Lancashire, thus forming a modern fifty mile long railway line running from Leeds all the way to Burnley.
- By connecting to the existing railway lines, we aim to provide a new, fast and modern regional metro line serving several major towns in East lancashire.
The New Train Service
- The Airedale line service is one of the busiest and most successful in northern England.
- SELRAP thinks that it makes little sense to stop the service at Skipton, just a few miles short of several major towns in Lancashire.
- We propose a simple extension of the Airedale line service (Leeds to Skipton) into East Lancashire.
- This would extend the service to several towns with a total population of over a quarter of a million people.
- Burnley, Brierfield, Nelson, Colne, Barnoldswick, Earby will benefit from a new fast train service straight to the heart of Leeds.
- Despite the very short distances involved, these six towns currently have no easy way of getting to Leeds.
- This project will dramatically shorten public transport journey times, and provide a fast, frequent and environmentally sustainable system.
- Travelling times from any of the large towns in East Lancashire into central Leeds will be reduced in future to less than one hour.
- We anticipate a return fare of about ten pounds.???
- The frequent all-stations train service from Leeds would still serve several towns in Yorkshire.
Project Costs, Risks and Timescales
- We have commissioned advice from several reputable engineering consultants.
- We have an estimate for a total project cost of about £ 100M (varying by option).
- The 'new' railway line follows an old railway line that was closed in 1970.
- SELRAP believes that because the route is very well proven [it was used for over 100 years] this is a low-risk infrastructure project.
- We expect the project to take five years for engineering preparation, public consultations and statutory approvals, followed by two years of construction work.
- The line could open to the public in the early 2020s.
SELRAP is discussing how to develop and fund more detailed engineering and economic feasibility studies with:
- The Department for Transport
- One North
- Network Rail
- Both county councils.
- Train operators.