TRAINS bound for London could be calling at Mirfield station before the year is out.
Rail company Grand Central announced this week that is has made a formal application to make the town a stop for its London-Bradford services.
If the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) approves the plans, passengers at Mirfield station could be boarding trains bound for the capital from December.
Company spokesman Rupert Brennan Brown said: “We have submitted a joint application with Network Rail to the ORR that would see the majority of Grand Central services between Bradford and London calling at Mirfield.”
He said the company was ‘reasonably confident’ that its application would be accepted, but the final decision lays with the ORR.
Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt (Con), who has led calls for London services to stop at Mirfield, welcomed news of Grand Central’s application.
“We’ve always been supportive and recognised both the need for the service and the potential for business,” he said.
“Transport links have always been key to an area’s economic growth and the recognition it has.
“Once we work out issues of additional parking at Mirfield station, the hope is that passengers will use the shops and cafes. The economic potential is great and I would hope Mirfield businesses would seize the opportunity.”
Mr Brennan Brown said it had been a long-held ambition of Grand Central to add Mirfield as a stop.
“If the demand is there we like to meet that and Mirfield has lobbied very hard for our services to call there. We don’t believe it will result in any delay between London and Bradford.”
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