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Weekday train disruptions for Leeds-bound passengers

TransPennine Express trains will divert near Ravensthorpe to reach Leeds on a longer route via Wakefield from Monday to Friday for five weeksThere will be weekday disruptions from Monday to Friday (April 22-26) this week between Huddersfield and Leeds as work continues on the Trans-Pennine railway upgrade. There will also be weekday work on four subsequent weeks until May 24, but normal routes are planned at weekends.

Huddersfield station will be open but with a reduced service towards Leeds which will be diverted on a longer route non-stop via Wakefield Kirkgate and not via Dewsbury.

Intermediate stations between Huddersfield and Leeds — Deighton, Mirfield, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Batley, Morley and Cottingley — will mostly be served by replacement buses with considerably increased journey times. Many of the replacement bus stops are on main roads some distance from the station. A replacement bus stopping at usual stations can take around one-and-a-half hours from Huddersfield to Leeds. Deighton and Mirfield will have the normal limited service of trains operating on the Manchester to York via Wakefield route. Mirfield will also have Grand Central Bradford - London trains.

As a result of the longer diversion from Leeds, trains normally operating to Manchester Airport will only run to Manchester Victoria. A replacement bus will operate from Huddersfield to Manchester Airport via Stockport.

Northern trains normally operating from the upper Calder Valley via Brighouse, Mirfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Morley to Leeds will not call at those stations as they will divert via Halifax and Bradford. A replacement bus will run between Halifax, Brighouse, the other usual stations and Leeds.

The Northern Huddersfield - Brighouse - Halifax - Low Moor - Bradford service is sheduled to operate as normal.

There are other railway disruptions continuing across West Yorkshire, including landslips under repair at Baildon and Knottingley.
Find out more at  Yorkshire.guide.

Passengers are advised to check journey planners on the day of travel and to allow extra journey time for bus replacements generally taking two to three times that of the normal rail journey.

Plan your journey at the  National Rail website.
Find out more about TransPennine Upgrade upcoming closures at the  TransPennine Route Upgrade website.

Access to Huddersfield station car parks closed

Railway Street remains open. Only the road at the north side of St George's Square is closedHuddersfield Station where car parks to the right of the picture have been closedCar parking and access to the station drop-off point at St George's Square has been temporarily closed to create a site compound for the next stage of the Trans-Pennine railway upgrade. This will involve work on internal roofs at the historic Grade I listed station. Railway Street and the southern side of St George's Square remains open as usual, including the taxi rank and bus stops. The section of road closed is St George's Square alongside the George Hotel, leading from the John William Street traffic lights to the station car parks.

Town sink to new low after Sunday win for Wednesday

Town's position in the Championship after Sheffield Wednesday's away game at Blackburn this SundayHuddersfield Town have come a step closer to relegation to League One football next season, sinking to a new low in the Championship just above already-relegated Rotherham United.

The further drop came on Sunday afternoon after Sheffield Wednesday gained a 1-3 win at Blackburn, catapulting themselves out of the relegation places as Town might have done if they had won their home game against Swansea on Saturday rather than it ending in a 0-4 thrashing by the Welsh team.

Swansea scored in the 73rd minute and again in the 85th then added to their success as they put in two more in added time — in the 91st and 93rd minutes — making a further impact on Town's goal difference as they secured their win.

It’s not quite game over in the Championship for the Terriers but it is now down to the last two games of the season — difficult matches at home against relegation contenders Birmingham City and away at Ipswich, a team aiming to win the Championship. A Birmingham win next Saturday would see Town relegated. A Town win might keep their hopes alive, but will still leave them with everything to do in the Ipswich match while hoping Sheffield and Birmingham fail.

Giants in Challenge Cup semi-final

Huddersfield Giants will play their Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final game against Warrington Wolves at St Helens' Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday May 19.

The game will be at 3.15pm after the Women's competition semi-final between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

The winner of the Huddersfield v Warrington game will meet in the final the winner of the Wigan Warriors v Hull Kingston Rovers game being played on Saturday May 18 in Doncaster. The final is at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday June 8.

The Giants reached the semi-final with a 34-6 away win against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan, France.

The Giants reached the Rugby League Challenge Cup final two years ago, but a win has eluded the Huddersfield team since their sixth success in the competition 71 years ago in 1953.

Nature theme at 18-day literature festival

Several festival events are at the Lawrence Batley TheatreThe award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival offers a huge range of events in and around the town from Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 28.

This year the festival has the theme of Nature, but nevertheless attracts writers and artists covering a diverse range of subjects.

The annual festival was established in 2006 and offers more than 70 events at accessible venues around the town and online to bring major names and emerging talent to the town at book launches, talks, workshops, poetry events and other arts performances.

The University of Huddersfield has events in several locations around the campusThe Civic in Holmfirth is a festival venueThe Tolson Museum hosts a workshop on Poetry in Mixed MediaThe Head of Steam at Huddersfield Station hosts a poetry nightThe 18 days of the Literature Festival open at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Thursday (April 11) with poetry from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and music from his band LYR.

A festival tipi opens in the courtyard of the Lawrence Batley Theatre from Wednesday April 17 to the end of the festival.

Venues also hosting festival events include the Small Seeds bar and venue at the corner of New Street and Castlegate, the University of Huddersfield, the John Smith's Stadium, Tolson Museum in Ravensknowle Park, The Civic in Holmfirth, Marsden Mechanics Hall and at Kirklees libraries.

More information at the  Huddersfield Literature Festival website.

New landmark health building takes shape

Work is progressing on the new building at the corner of Southgate and Leeds RoadHuddersfield's newest landmark building is taking shape at the site of the University of Huddersfield's new National Health Innovation Campus at the ring road junction of Southgate and Leeds Road.

The new campus aims to lead healthcare innovation across the North of England and will feature a health and wellbeing academy, research and specialist clinical teaching facilities and public-facing features including a podiatry clinic, sports and phisiotherapy clinic and health coaching by video link.

The site has been vacant since the demolition of Ibbotson and Lonsbrough Flats and the former Huddersfield Sports Centre while an earlier plan for a new Tesco store on the site was abandoned.

New building under way at former infirmary and college site

The front of the old Royal Infirmary is partly concealed by trees and demolition vehiclesThe side of the old Infirmary across the Lidl siteThe Portland Street side of the old InfirmaryAmong much new building work around Huddersfield at the moment, work is progressing at a location which over the years has been visited by many Huddersfield people through its history as the original Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield Technical College and later Kirklees College.

The main frontage and grand entrance of the late-Georgian infirmary building is among parts that should be retained as part of a residential and office complex which also involves new buildings. The hospital had a number of Victorian extensions and a later extension in the 1930s. Some of these extensions have been lost in the site clearance for the new development. The hospital had casualty and outpatient entrances at the rear of the building in Portland Street.

The hospital building first opened in 1831, built with money from public subscriptions. Both the old Infirmary building and the early 20th century statue of King Edward VII outside are listed on the National Heritage List.

More modern blocks, which were created for the college, have also been demolished on the site at the corner of Trinity Street and Castlegate, where construction work is now under way on a new Lidl supermarket .

Raising the roof on Kingsgate

The height of the Kingsgate centre has been raised to incorporate new leisure facilitiesMuch construction work is going on in and around Huddersfield town centre at the moment and one scheme expected to be completed in 2024 is raising the height of part of the Kingsgate Centre. This is to incorporate new leisure facilities in the area previously occupied by the House of Fraser department store.

The part of Kingsgate nearest to Zetland Street is surrounded in scaffolding and the car park entrance there is currently closed. Car access at present is via the entrance in Venn Street.

Once complete The Light will bring to Kingsgate a £250m cinema and leisure complex. This is planned to include an eight-screen cinema, bowling, a games arcade, climbing centre, interactive darts, karaoke and fast food bars.

Local villages and districts

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