New rail contract could introduce Huddersfield to London service

A direct rail line from Huddersfield to London could be introduced for the first time in 50 years.

The service, which hasn’t been available since the 1960s, may now be offered due to contract changes. The existing route runs between Edinburgh and London and has been publicly owned since 2009, however the Department for Transport (DfT) wants rail companies to bid for the route as part of new privatisation measures.

The DfT said that a service which includes Huddersfield isn’t essential, but the organisation has recommended that it is incorporated. This new route could be ideal for those taking city breaks in London, as well as those travelling to the capital for work or business meetings.

Talking about the proposals, Kirklees Council leader, David Sheard, told examiner.co.uk: “The news that a Huddersfield to London route could be included in a future East Coast rail contract is fantastic news.”

He continued: “Members of the business community currently have to travel to Leeds or Wakefield to access transport links to the capital which is a waste of time which could be used more profitably.”

Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin has said that the successful bidder will be announced in November, according to publicfinance.co.uk. They will then take over the franchise from March 2015.