Work through the Great North Rail Project will see West Yorkshire benefit this month as signalling improvements continue in the area.
The three-stage project, which has already seen one part completed in August, will have its second part finished by the end of this month.
As part of the development, a state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York will be home to signalling control, significantly upgrading from the previous technology that was controlled from local lineside signal boxes.
The result will be a more modern, reliable, cost effective service that will not just benefit West Yorkshire, but it will also ensure services across the whole northern region are improved.
This vital project to transform rail infrastructure in the north of England will see its second stage take place between 28 – 29 October.
Rob McIntosh, route Managing Director for Network Rail, explained why the new signalling system is required.
“The signalling system in this part of West Yorkshire is approaching the end of its operational life and this investment will increase reliability, thereby reducing delays while cutting the cost of running the railway for the taxpayer.
“I thank passengers for their patience and assure them that the result of the disruption will be a more reliable, efficient, modern network fit to meet the needs of economies and communities on our railway services.”
The Great North Rail Project is benefiting many areas in the region, ensuring the rail network is fit for purpose and improves journeys for passengers and commuters, therefore increasing business productivity.
Thanks to this significant investment, Liverpool Lime Street has already seen two of its upgraded platforms opened and the funding will help West Yorkshire in the long term.
Undertaken in three stages, the final one will affect Huddersfield and Dewsbury. This will take place before the end of January, with the Calder Valley line also set for improvement work next year too.