Greetland has potential including car park space
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”.