What is happening?

From Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October, Network Rail will be undertaking major work to the signalling system along the Calder Valley route. Buses will replace trains on the routes from Leeds to Halifax, Todmorden and Accrington via Bradford Interchange in order for the work to take place.

For full details of how this will affect your journey, download the pdf. (494kb, pdf)

Please note that dogs, non-folding prams and pushchairs, bicycles and wheelchairs cannot be taken on bus services. Timetables for buses and trains on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 October are available:

Alternative Timetable (Sunday 21 October).

Alternative Timetable (Monday 22 October).

Please note that due to RMT Union strike action taking place on Saturday 20 October, a specific timetable will be running on that day, which should be available by Monday 15 October.

Please allow extra time for your journey and check nationalrail.co.uk before you travel.

Programme information

After two years of planning and preparation work, this temporary closure of the route marks the commissioning of a brand-new signalling system for this historical East-West railway through West Yorkshire.

This meticulously planned 72-hour closure allows Network Rail’s specialist engineers to safely test all of the new signalling equipment on a clear railway, enabling a smooth transfer from Mill Lane (Sowerby Bridge), Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Milner Royd (Bradford Interchange) signal boxes, to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. On the morning of Tuesday 23 October, trains passing through this area will be the first to be signalled from the facility, providing passengers with a more integrated and reliable railway fit for the future.

Programme background

As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail is undertaking major work to upgrade the signalling system in West Yorkshire between Pudsey, Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Shepley. This major investment for the north will see old traditional lineside signalling systems transferred to Network Rail’s state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. The upgrade will also result in the closure of six signal boxes: Huddersfield and Healey Mills at the end of phase1 (January 2018) and Halifax, Milner Royd, Mill Lane and Hebden Bridge at the end of phase2 (October 2018)

Overview of work (20-22 October 2018)

This is the final disruptive possession for the West Yorkshire Signalling Upgrade which will result in the commissioning of the Huddersfield to Bradford re-signalling and re-control programme. Once complete, all trains travelling along the Calder Valley and Trans-Pennine routes will be signalled from Network Rail’s York ROC.

What is re-signalling and re-control?

When Network Rail replaces the signalling systems, the traffic lights of the railway, it is known as re- signalling. When a line is re-controlled, Network Rail transfers the way it is signalled, in this case the route is being transferred from local lineside signal boxes to Network Rail’s Rail Operating Centre in York.

Why work needs to be carried out whilst the railway is closed?

To enable this work to be carried out safely, and to allow effective testing of the new equipment, Network Rail will need to close the railway through Calder Valley for three full days. There is never an ideal time to disrupt rail services but our work is carefully planned to minimise disruption wherever possible.