Greet­land has po­ten­tial in­clud­ing car park space

Halifax Courier - - The Gift Of Life -

I read with in­ter­est the let­ter from Nor­man Kemp last week - the voice of rea­son.I have known Nor­man since his days as Sta­tion Mas­ter at El­land and Greet­land in the years up to their clo­sure.He is an ex­pe­ri­enced ca­reer rail­way­man of many years and I agree and re­spect his opin­ions.These are shared by many oth­ers but these views have been ig­nored. A sta­tion at El­land would be ex­pen­sive to con­struct and how fi­nan­cially vi­able would it be ?The el­e­vated struc­ture with lifts,ramps and stairs would not be cheap tp con­struct.The pre­vi­ous plans for the sta­tion were aban­doned be­cause of the high cost of con­struc­tion of Brighouse Sta­tion. Ac­cess by pub­lic trans­port or by foot would not be ideal.If you have to catch a bus you might as well carry on to Hud­der­s­field or Halifax with the bet­ter con­nec­tions to the rail net­work. The Greet­land site has much more po­ten­tial,pos­si­bil­ity of some commercial de­vel­op­ment and a sub­stan­tially level site.Much of the land still be­longs to the rail­way and is un­used with po­ten­tial for a large park and ride scheme. The old sta­tion ap­proach is still in situ and 2-3 min­utes from the main road.The main road is served by nu­mer­ous bus routes that pro­vide a fre­quent ser­vice. It has a much larger catch­ment area for po­ten­tial pas­sen­gers.The foun­da­tions for the old sta­tion plat­forms still ex­ist.In all a much more fi­nan­cially vi­able scheme. But our coun­cil­lors,HADRAG and many oth­ers seem de­ter­mined what­ever the cost to go ahead with the Low­field pro­posal. I did hear two ob­jec­tions at a re­cent meet­ing, one from a Metro spokesper­son be­ing triv­ial -people would not want to go west to come back east. Not ev­ery­one wants to go to Brad­ford or Leeds.The other was quite valid and re­ferred to traf­fic con­ges­tion at West Vale and the Calder and Heb­ble, but with schemes we read are in the “pipe­line”may well be re­duced by the time the sta­tion was open. The pow­ers-that-be should se­ri­ously con­sider the al­ter­na­tive and de­cide the best way to pro­ceed be­fore spend­ing “our money”.

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