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Cllr Ross-Shaw said: "The reports by Arup and Systra/JMP make clear that a Northern Powerhouse Rail station in the centre of Bradford would deliver a huge economic boost for the whole of the North of England, not just Bradford.
"These reports have been vital in helping us make our case to the Government as well as to Transport for the North and galvanising support for the Next Stop Bradford campaign." A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said its transport chairman, Councillor Keith Wakefield, saw a "Northern Powerhouse Rail with stops in Bradford, Leeds and York as not just a regional priority but a national one" and had urged Mr Grayling to give it his unequivocal support.
The evidence makes “a compelling case for an NPR stop at Bradford due to the potential range of benefits it can bring”, it says.
The report, commissioned by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has already been sent to the Government as well as transport body Transport for the North, which will soon recommend to ministers whether to include Bradford on the line.
A spokesman for Transport for the North said they had asked northern regions to submit evidence as part of this feasibility work.
She said: “The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Station Study from Leeds City Region provided a strong narrative for a Bradford station to be included on a future NPR network alongside other key towns and cities in the north of England.” Transport secretary Chris Grayling will make the final decision on whether to give the NPR line the green light, including whether to bring the line to Bradford.
It has now been released to the Telegraph & Argus in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Also released to the T&A was an earlier report, by consultants Systra/JMP.
The report says that more traditional rail improvements in Bradford are significantly harder to achieve because of “a combination of short platform lengths and the fact that both city centre stations are termini”.He said all authorities in West Yorkshire had to remain united behind Bradford's campaign for it to succeed.The studies have been "vital" in helping to grow the campaign for high-speed rail to come to Bradford.Mr Grayling has made supportive comments about Bradford’s campaign in the past.A spokesman for the Department for Transport said they were considering whether to add Bradford to the Northern Powerhouse Rail network, as well as considering the case for stops at Huddersfield, Warrington and York.
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THERE is a “compelling case” for a high-speed rail station to be built in Bradford, a study by a global consultancy firm has found.