The Wortley Curve near Leeds could be reopened as part of the changes to the existing rail network that HS2 could bring to the Yorkshire Region. The curve that linked the Calder Valley line to Bradford Interchange with the line to Wakefield Westgate was closed to trains in 1985. The formation is currently overgrown and the track was present as late as 2010.
The proposal comes as part of proposals to develop HS2 from David Higgins, who advised that HS2 will have a substantial impact on the transport network in the north and that any plans or proposals such as the Wortley Curve and Transpennine Electrification are hugely relevant to the final decision of the route.
He has called for Local Authorities to work together to create a regional proposal to develop around stations and interchanges, rather than on an exclusive or bilateral basis. The aim would be to develop the plan to deliver HS2 Phase 2 alongside Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plan for the Control Period starting in 2019.