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Railway Developments Around Leeds and Bradford Since 1968 (Hardcover) (Dave Peel)

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1968 was a significant year for the railways; steam traction came to an end, and Parliament passed the 1968 Transport Act. The demise of steam meant more new or refurbished diesel trains, while the Transport Act introduced the concept of locally subsidized services. Both of these impacted heavily on the Leeds/Bradford area, especially when the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive began to financially support local 'Metro' lines from 1976 onwards.The first major developments were at Bradford, where the two main terminal stations were demolished and replaced by smaller versions; Exchange in 1972 and Forster Square in 1990. In Leeds, the old Central station had closed in 1967, its trains being diverted into City station newly rebuilt to accommodate these. Between 1988-95, when passenger numbers spiraled, four routes from Leeds were electrified: Skipton, llkley, Bradford (Forster Square) and Doncaster.By the end of the 1990s, Leeds station was at capacity and was rebuilt again between 2000 and 2002, for the second time in thirty-five years! Much of this book is therefore devoted to the transformations of these major stations, as well as Shipley, the busy station that serves Leeds, Bradford, Skipton and Ilkley. Shipley remained unmodernized for many years, and the plethora of changes made here since 1968, following the growth in commuter traffic to Leeds, is also included.Due largely to the efforts of the WYPTE, several new stations have been added to the Metro system twenty-four currently, but more are likely. With two new franchises starting in April 2016, further developments are planned, including more trains, better frequencies, faster services and more electrification!The book is profusely illustrated with 300 of the author's color photos, which cover the entire period 1968-2015
Number of Pages: 212
Genre: Transportation, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Dave Peel
Language: English
Street Date: October 30, 2017
TCIN: 53124635
UPC: 9781473883130
Item Number (DPCI): 248-54-6645
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