Leeds Times (04/May/1844) - Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Company

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Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Company.

Our readers will remember we stated last week, that a provisional committee had been formed for the purpose of establishing a company in conjunction with the Huddersfield Canal Company, to construct a line of railway from near the Cooper Bridge Station of the Manchester and Leeds line, through Huddersfield, Marsden, the Canal Tunnel, Delph, and Staley Bridge, to the Manchester and Sheffield line, thus opening a railway communication between Huddersfield and all parts of the kingdom. The district through which it will pass, contains about 300,000 inhabitants, chiefly employed in trade and manufactures, the distance will be nearly fourteen miles shorter than by the Manchester and Leeds line, and such is the enthusiasm in favour of the project, that the whole of the 20,000 shares of £30 each, were taken within the first week, and although 30s. only have yet been paid up, so much as £1 premium has been offered per share and refused! The tricks, extortion, and incivility of the Manchester and Leeds Railway Company towards the Huddersfield people have made it one of the most hateful and unpopular lines in the kingdom, and the consequence is, there are now three coaches to and from that town and Leeds every day, and two, to and from Manchester, all of which load well daily. The survey and plans of the proposed railway will be made forthwith.