Per the recent tradition, I hauled myself out of bed this morning to take the first train through West Yorkshire’s latest railway station – this time at Low Moor, Bradford.

Photo: first Northern train at Low Moor Station.
First Northern train at Low Moor Station.

Well, not actually the first train this time. That was a Grand Central services from Bradford to London via Halifax, but the only way to get to Bradford Interchange was by bus from Leeds. At 0655. I thought about it… and went back to bed. My former colleague did the trip though, while I followed with one of the project people on the 0759 ex-Leeds.

I organised the first event when work started on-site in August 2015, and through all the setbacks, such as finding unexpected mine workings near one of the platforms (“a hole the size of the fuselage of a Boeing 747”) until I left last September, so it was good to see the end result.

But this time, I’ve not had to marshal the combined forces of operators, Councillors, media and anyone else who fancies it for the official opening event tomorrow morning. Sorry for dropping that one on you, Josie. Sorry not sorry.