Upper Calder Valley passengers are increasingly fed up with the rubbish train service on the Transpennine route run by Arriva Rail North – a private, profiteering company owned by Deutsche Bahn, which is turn is owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. To add to the confusion, Arriva Rail North announces itself publicly as Northern trains.
On 20th September Calderdale Trades Council held a meeting in Halifax Town Hall where Craig Johnston, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) Relief Regional Organiser North, spoke about the dispute with Northern over driver-only operated trains.
Craig Johnston outlined crucial safety reasons for resisting driver-only operated trains and said RMT encourages passengers to confront Northern eg through the Facebook group, Northern Resist, about fare rises, poor rail links, poor services, penalty fares policy, closure of ticket offices and the policy of only selling the most expensive tickets on trains. Continue reading
Sowerby Bridge resident Andrew Marsden received some staggering news when he asked Calderdale Environmental Health for the Council’s most recent Air Quality Management Report.
Andrew asked for this Report in the light of news that Calderdale Council could face fines of up to £1m/day for air pollution that still exceeds legal limits in parts of the Upper Calder Valley and other areas in the Borough. Continue reading
Campaigners for sustainable transport in the Upper Calder Valley have welcomed news of
the European Commission’s (EC) recent legal proceedings against the UK government, for
its failure to cut excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
In Hebden Bridge, legal NO2 limits are regularly exceeded along the A646 from Bankfoot Terrace to Station Road.
The EC said the UK has broken commitments and now faces fines in the hundreds of millions of pounds.
The problem of serious air pollution along the main A646 through Hebden Bridge and Luddenfoot will be the topic of a special public meeting of the Upper Calder Valley Sustainable Transport Group (STG) on Tuesday, 18th February at 7pm in the Greenwood Room at the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge.
Watch this pretty amazing film of the Atrocity Exhibition by JG Ballard on UbuWeb. It will enliven 17 minutes of your life.
Myra James of Calderdale 20’s Plenty For Us has sent this info:
Calderdale Council has launched a consultation on three approaches to the development of 20mph speed limits:
- Introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas of Calderdale
- Introduce 20mph speed limits outside schools only
- Continue to introduce 20mph speed limits in selected areas based on numbers of casualties
The consultation remains open until 31st January and is available here.
“Total 20” – an idea whose time has come
World Carfree Day on 22nd September
It’s a bit late to organise a Hebden Bridge celebration of World Carfree Day, which takes place yearly on 22nd September, or thereabouts. But maybe it’s worth planning something for 2014? Any green/public transport/bike folk interested? Or already doing something?
Info about World Carfree Day is that it is a time when
“people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society.”
Please contact us if you’re interested in planning a 2014 World Carfree Day for the Upper Calder Valley. Or are already doing something Carfree this year.
People coming to Tod and Hebden Bridge by train will soon be able to rent bikes through the new Bike & Go scheme, which is coming to these stations in the autumn.
20’s Plenty 4th Annual Conference on 23rd May brought together news of the campaign’s progress over the past year.
Myra James, of 20’s Plenty in Calderdale, is asking people to consider signing the 20’s Plenty EU Citizens’ Initiative.