Cllr Judith Blake's statement on Transport for the North partnership board meeting

13 June 2018

After attending a meeting of the Transport for the North partnership board in Manchester on Tuesday (12 June) Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's representative on the Transport for the North Partnership Board, said: "The Transport for the North partnership board meeting demonstrated strong support for the review I am leading into the rail disruption which will set out far-reaching recommendations to ensure this situation is not repeated.

"Board members were united in their determination to secure comprehensive compensation for passengers across the North of England and that reflects the wider economic impact of the chaos in rail services.

"We were also clear that as Northern progresses towards returning to the full timetable, originally due to be implemented last month, it should do so putting the needs of passengers first."

At the weekend, writing in The Yorkshire Post, Cllr Blake said: "Rail has a vital role to play in the future of West Yorkshire's transport. West Yorkshire leaders continue to press the case for major investments in the shape of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to move people across North and the country faster alongside the long-awaited upgrade of the Trans-Pennine Route. The recent disruption has all too eloquently made the case for addressing the chronic shortage of capacity in the North rail network.

But those substantial long term investments are not a substitute for action on the existing rail network which is a critical part as part of local transport, taking people out of their cars, reducing congestion and boosting air quality.

It is for that reason that plans are being developed for four new rail stations in the region in addition to the three already built since 2015. It is also why the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has invested in a programme providing hundreds of extra spaces at rail station car parks."

Read the whole of Cllr Blake's Yorkshire Post article