You get complimentary drinks/snacks onTPE - but only when the trolley's not got stuck at the other end of the train because it can't get past all the people stood up in Standard class.What's the point of TPE first class though? All you get is a slightly larger seat and a little lamp - it's not like you get a complimentary hot meal, drink and newspaper like on East Coast.
It's merely First not caring about how many normal passengers have to wedge in like sardines, as long as they can convince a few mugs to spend a lot extra for few additional benefits in first class.
Since electric traction improves acceleration I'd have expected more faster services to the intermediate stations, although I suppose it depends on whether the timetable can take it with 6 Manchester-Leeds services an hour. I'm pretty sure Huddersfield won't loose out either way, as it's a fairly important station for passengers travelling to Manchester too.It's good news regarding TPE on the whole though. My only fear is that several places such as Dewsbury, Garforth and importantly Huddersfield, will lose their fast services to Leeds. Huddersfield - Leeds is the busiest part of their network so it would be absurd to expect this to revert back to less frequent stopping services. A massive blow to Huddersfield.
Therefore, I would hope to see the introduction of potential cross-city services, replacing these important connections. This may only be possible with the construction of East Leeds Parkway though.
It is crucial that this project benefits the City Region though, otherwise the losses will be greater than the benefits, which will benefit Leeds only and not the City Region.
It only has 3 at the station - a passing track on the Leeds-bound track (used regularly by the TPE trains not stopping at Dewsbury as the Leeds-bound platform typically has a Northern service arriving shortly before.Phew. Well that puts my mind to rest on that issue.
Dewsbury has four tracks though?
Interesting. If your right with the Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds trains that would give a much improved service for the likes of Morley, Batley, and Dewsbury compared with existing services. I wonder what these 4 western destinations per hour will include (will it be the existing arrangement of 2tph to Manchester Airport (surely much better off going via Manchester Piccadilly) 1tph to Liverpool Lime Street (which could surely do with going up to 2tph and one extending westward beyond Manchester Victoria service to perhaps somewhere like Blackpool North or Crewe or if electrification is extended further to say Southport, Chester or even Wales to say Wrexham, Llanduno, Holyhead or even Cardiff?God's Own City said:4tph Leeds-Manchester Victoria & western destinations, Huddersfield only
2tph Leeds-Manchester Piccadily: Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, all stations to Guide Bridge, fast to Piccadilly
2tph Huddersfield-York, all stations.
grauniadThe plans, which are likely to involve £10bn of capital investment between 2014 and 2019, are likely to involve:
• The electrification of the Midland mainline from London to the east Midlands and Sheffield. Clegg is MP for Sheffield Hallam. The Great Western line from London to Swansea, via Cardiff, will be electrified. The Cardiff Valley Network will also be electrified. Electrification is favoured by the rail industry because electric-powered trains are lighter than their diesel-powered counterparts and can accelerate more quickly. They are also less susceptible to breakdowns.
• New projects, to be named the Northern Hub, around Manchester to improve services across the north of England.
• Upgrading part of the east coast mainline from London to Newcastle and the spur to Leeds.
• Investment for improved railfreight to key ports such as Southampton and Felixstowe.