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Electrification plans for rail line backed by man calling for station
8:00am Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
The man spearheading a campaign to open a rail station at Arthington has described the potential electrification of the line as a “no-brainer”.
Steve Brady, of Arthington Station Action Group, attended a public meeting called by RailFuture Yorkshire last week to hear an update on the plans for the Leeds to Harrogate line.
And he is convinced that electrifying the line, along with the opening of new stations, is essential if the area is to develop a truly sustainable transport system that will boost tourism and the local economy.
He said: “A lot of time and effort has been put in to developing a business case for the Harrogate line and it is very commendable of those involved.
“It was the Victorians who said ‘railways will make people rich’. This statement still holds good today, and not just in monetary terms.
“Cheap transport provides more disposable income for the public. Good transport links allow the public to spend this income in shops and businesses in Leeds, Harrogate, Pool and Otley.
“Quality of life improves, along with reductions in carbon emissions brought about by using electric trains.
“More new stations are needed along the line and their potential development should not be stifled in favour of end-to-end journey times. Train stations open up new job opportunities, generate income, and their locations can generate public support and prosperity.
“It’s a ‘no brainer’ to me, I just hope the people in government understand completely what needs to be done with the Harrogate railway line.”
Mr Brady’s vision for Arthington would see some passengers using a new cycle track, following the course of the old railway line from Otley, along with shuttle-bus connections.