Railway Times (18/Oct/1856) - Huddersfield and Barnsley

The following is a transcription of a historic article and may contain occasional errors.

Huddersfield and Barnsley.

A meeting of the inhabitants of Huddersfield was held on 10th instant for the purpose of considering a project for bringing the town and neighbourhood of Huddersfield into direct communication with the Barnsley coalfield; Mr. Joseph Armitage occupied the chair, Mr. Hawkshaw stated that he had estimated the cost at about £120,000. There would be two tunnels on the line, one about 1,000 yards and the other 370 yards long. The estimate was for the cost of making a single line of rails, with bridges constructed so as to be for a double line, but the tunnels for a single line only. The cost of making the line double throughout would be £160,000. It was stated by Mr. Fenton, one of the solicitors to the promoters, that the line would be of great advantage to the inhabitants and millowners of Huddersfield and the neighbourhood; and it was estimated that if the line were constructed a saving of £25,000 a year would be effected in the cost of coal alone. It was also stated that the line would be a very profitable investment for shareholders. A resolution was passed approving the scheme; but the meeting broke up without adopting any further measures to carry it out. Several gentlemen of the district have promised to take shares in the undertaking. There was some opposition from persons who are in favour of another route — namely, by way of Kirkburton, to the Barnsley coalfield, and an amendment was proposed in favour of the Kirkburton route; but it was negatived by a small majority.