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West Yorkshire’s Transport to Help the Northern Powerhouse

| January 19, 2018

The West Yorkshire Urban area is something Holdsworth’s Removals are very familiar with. Throughout the 98 year history of the removal company, the region has grown to become one of the largest and thriving areas of the UK. The urban area refers to the conurbation of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax. The 2011 census put the population at almost two million and with the business sector still growing in the area, the transport system is key to its success.

But investment in West Yorkshire’s transport is afoot with large scale projects set to benefit the whole West Yorkshire area.


Leeds railway station is already one of the country’s busiest railway terminals and is the busiest in the north of England. There is little surprise that the city was chosen as one of the hubs for the High Speed Rail 2 network. The main aim of the scheme is to improve the links of northern cities to London therefore making it easier for business to thrive between the north and south. The Yorkshire link will continue with slower tracks linking to York and Sheffield.

This is exciting news for not only businesses in Leeds but also for home owners as the city expects to continue its boom on the back of HS2’s construction.

Northern Powerhouse Rail Link

Transport for the North has been planning on improving its railways for some time and it was only this week that it made its latest announcement on the scheme. The improvements dubbed the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) line, has the main aim of establishing a new railway link between all of the main economic centres in the north of England. This would link the West Yorkshire cities of Leeds and Bradford to other major cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Hull, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Station Improvements

As a result of this ongoing investment, a number of stations in the area will be subject to investment. Leeds station has already seen its brand new southern entrance open in 2017 and it will receive further investment as it prepares for the aforementioned developments. The impressive plans will transform Leeds station into the modern hub that will soon be required of it.

The NPR line will also bring to question the development of railway stations in Bradford with the city reliant on two relatively small stations at Forster Square and Bradford Interchange. The decision will be made as to whether to redevelop on of the existing stations or introduce and out of town parkway station.

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