7th December 2007

Passengers are set to benefit when Northern Rail introduces a new hourly daytime service between Leeds and Hebden Bridge via Dewsbury and Brighouse.  The service, being introduced on Monday 10 December will operate Monday – Saturday.

This new service will mean faster journey times between Brighouse and Leeds and provide new journey opportunities between Brighouse and Hebden Bridge.

Morley, Batley and Mirfield will gain a half-hourly local service to and from Leeds all day until 7pm, Monday to Friday.  Dewsbury will gain an additional train each hour between the peaks.

Malcolm Brown, Area Director, Northern Rail said: “These new services will provide excellent travel opportunities across the Calder Valley and we hope they will encourage people to make the transfer from road to rail.”

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Notes to editors

Northern Rail is the biggest train operator in Britain, providing 2,500 local and regional train services every day across the north of England, serving a population of nearly 15m. We are now carrying 77 million passengers a year, 20% more than when we started our franchise in December 2004.

Northern Rail is owned by Serco-NedRailways, a joint venture established in 2002 that combines Serco’s world-class service credentials and NedRailways’ unrivalled rail industry expertise. Serco has run the highly successful Docklands Light Railway since 1997 while NedRailways’ parent, NS Dutch Railways, carries over 1.1 million passengers every day in the Netherlands.

In addition to Northern Rail, Serco-NedRailways has the 25-year concession for Merseyrail, which provides urban train services in Merseyside.

Recent Northern honours

 Public Transport Operator of the Year - National Transport Awards 2007

Winners – Example of Excellence in Rural Action, Business in the Community Awards 2007

Overall Winners - Community Rail Awards 2007