By Andreas Mullings
Rail users and commuters are looking forward to more trains an hour between Horsforth and Leeds city centre.
A new turnback at Horsforth station means trains can do a U turn and head straight back to Leeds – rather than completing the journey to Harrogate.
Network Rail, which is carrying out the work, says this should result in more frequent train services on the Harrogate to Leeds line.
New signal boxes being built alongside the turnback will also allow more carriages on each train.
Network Rail hopes the shuttle service will improve journey times and help to ease overcrowding.
And Northern Rail, which runs train services through Horsforth station, said: “We are expecting to be able to bring more carriages on to the line once improvements on the signal boxes are made.”
The development is part of a £16m package being introduced to improve the railways in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Horsforth commuter Chris Dayman, 45, described it as “fantastic news”, saying: “It sounds like a good idea. It means I can get another train if I’m late.”
Network Rail said: “This is just one of many projects we are completing to improve services for passengers in the area.”
Others include new signalling between South Kirby and Wakefield, and Huddersfield to Bradford; a new southern entrance at Leeds station; a turnback at Micklefield; and new stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge.
Trains will run normally during the work at Horsforth station, which should be complete in late May.