Transport for the North discovers the existence of Bradford
Having been reported. The story also mentioned TfN’s senseless “60/30 rule” for city connectivity.ignored by Transport for the North hitherto, Bradford, England’s fourth-biggest city, ‘could now see a new Transpennine line’ routed through it, the Financial Times
[Bradford in the frame for ‘northern powerhouse’ rail boost, FT, 15 Oct 2016]
“Bradford is a premier league city that just happens to be close to Leeds,” said [TfN chief John] Cridland in an interview. “If you wanted to build a new line you are faced with a number of choices. One would be a fast link to Manchester through Bradford. What would be the economic impact of that? There is an opportunity but there is a price tag.” The fastest existing line goes through Huddersfield further south.
TfN has a 60/30 rule, he said. It wanted six trains an hour between Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield taking 30 minutes to get between any two of the cities. Then four trains an hour between Leeds and Newcastle taking 60 minutes, and two between Sheffield and Hull taking 60 minutes. That would almost halve current journey times.
Mr Cridland said TfN, now a statutory body representing 19 regional transport authorities, would lay out plans for up to £30bn of rail and road improvements to improve productivity, which is 15 per cent lower per head in the north than the south-east.