The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, is calling on the Department for Transport to support the full reinstatement of train services between Huddersfield, Wakefield, Normanton, and Castleford.
Train services between Huddersfield and Castleford were cut during the Covid-19 Pandemic and have not yet been re-instated.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire has called on the Department for Transport to support the full re-instatement of these services citing their importance for connecting districts to jobs, education and training opportunities.
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In a statement, Tracy Brabin said said: “These train services were cut during the pandemic but demand to travel between Kirklees and Wakefield has always been high. And the services are vital for connecting disadvantaged communities in these districts to jobs, higher education, training, and other opportunities.
She added “These trains are twice as fast as other public transport alternatives and even faster than a car journey at off-peak times, so it’s common sense to bring them back when timetables are changed this May.”
“It’s vital that our communities have proper transport links and more opportunities for work, jobs, and leisure. I’d urge the Department for Transport to listen to these concerns.”
At the time of publication, The DfT has yet to respond to the Mayor.