Cllr Blake responds to HoC Transport Committee report

4 December 2018

Responding to the House of Commons Transport Committee report Rail Timetable Changes: May 2018, Cllr Judith Blake, who leads on transport for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and is Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "Six months on from the timetable change, rail passengers across the North of England continue to endure cancellations, delays and trains with too few carriages with damaging impacts on family life and our economy. We need a system of railway management which ensures the operators and Network Rail deliver their promises and work together in the interests of passengers in the North of England."

"The timetable crisis also underlined the fragility of the North rail network and the urgent need for significant investment in infrastructure to deliver the modern, reliable transport system we need."

"I agree with the Committee that rail passengers should not have to wait for reforms until the conclusion of the Government's rail review. The review I am co-chairing will set out measures we can take urgently to create a rail system which puts passengers first when it reports early next year."

Cllr Blake is leading a review into the introduction of the May timetable with Rail Minister Andrew Jones which will report in the New Year.

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