Further cuts to local train services

Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways is urging Northern to rethink their plans to further reduce rail services across the district – which will effectively abandon many residents.

Matthew Morely serious
Cllr Matthew Morley

Services to Pontefract and Knottingley will be reduced while the Wakefield to Huddersfield route, which is a key link that cannot effectively be replaced by buses, still has no services.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “I’m totally dismayed to see that although some train services will be reinstated in May, others will be taken away, meaning this district is no better off.

“Having access to regular and reliable train services is extremely important to many residents, who are dependent on public transport.

“I urge Northern to think about the impact this is having on people and take action to return to a full timetable as soon as possible. I absolutely share the Mayor of West Yorkshire’s anger and frustration, as she seeks government’s reassurance that they will support operators to reinstate services as soon as possible.”