Buyer of Wortley Curve rail link revealed

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Wortley Curve. Photo: Google

By Christopher Young, local democracy reporter

THE long disused Wortley Curve seems to have been safeguarded for any future rail use after Network Rail revealed they purchased the land at auction this week.

The stretch of rail line in Leeds was once key in linking the Bradford to Wakefield without having to travel to Leeds City Centre.

But the stretch of line was closed in 1985, but there have been calls to re-open the link to improve services to and from Bradford.

But any future proposals for the curve seemed to be in jeopardy when, earlier this week the land went to auction with a guide price of just £15,000.

It had been listed by Railway Paths Ltd, a charity that owns and manages former railway land.

When the auction ended yesterday it emerged that the lot had sold for £47,000 – but there were no details about the successful buyer.

Now Network Rail – which owns and manages rail infrastructure, has told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it is the new owner of the Wortley Curve.

WLD had made enquiries over the purchase, and this afternoon a Network Rail spokesperson said: We can confirm that Network Rail has purchased the land at the former Wortley Curve. Plans for the future usage of the site continue to be discussed internally and with stakeholders.”

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