Capital train link

Grand Central starts a new service connecting Wakefield Kirkgate to London Kings Cross. 'Grand Central arrives at Monkhill station, Pontefract.'w1952e020
Grand Central starts a new service connecting Wakefield Kirkgate to London Kings Cross. 'Grand Central arrives at Monkhill station, Pontefract.'w1952e020
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MIRFIELD people could be steaming their way to London on a brand new train service within 12 months.

Operator Grand Central has submitted a bid to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) for permission to run services directly from the town to the capital.

It wants to run six return journeys per day to London King’s Cross.

The journey would take just under three hours and if approved, it will be Kirklees’ first direct link to London.

Grand Central managing director Tom Clift said: “We are keen to grow the number of routes and communities we service to provide more potential passengers with the Grand Central experience.

“We are eager to engage with other industry and government bodies so that we can give rail users more choice and more journey opportunities at a time when government is concerned about the costs of running the franchised railway.”

Mirfield councillors Martyn Bolt and David Pinder have been working with Grand Central to get the new service.

Coun Bolt said: “This is good news. The rail company has seen the benefit so now we have got to get the ORR to agree with us.

“It will be a transport link for the whole of Kirklees and will give people the choice of where they travel from - Leeds, Wakefield or Mirfield.

“We now need Kirklees Council to provide adequate car parking at the station.”

He welcomed support by Mirfield MP Simon Reevell, who praised the hard work done by Couns Bolt and Pinder.

He added: “I look forward to making the case to the ORR that this should go ahead.”