Min­is­ter steps up to the mark over sta­tion dan­ger

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Colne Val­ley Tory coun­cil­lor Donna Bel­lamy (left) met rail min­is­ter An­drew Jones (right) and trans­port sec­re­tary Chris Grayling (cen­tre) with Clr Mar­tyn Bolt (sec­ond right) and Con­ser­va­tive Prospec­tive Par­lia­men­tary Can­di­date for Dews­bury, Mark East­wood, at West­min­ster. In­set: The dan­ger­ous step can­cel­la­tions, over­crowd­ing and poor ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

“There needs to be more recog­ni­tion of the hu­man cost of this chaos, which has put some peo­ple’s jobs at risk, and made man­ag­ing fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult.

“I have spent many hours on train plat­forms in Slaith­waite and Mars­den, talk­ing to pas­sen­gers and lo­cal rail cam­paign­ers, and have ex­pe­ri­enced the ef­fects of the rail dis­rup­tion my­self. I have raised the con­cerns of con­stituents on sev­eral oc­ca­sions with min­is­ters and in the House. “I am hope­ful that the con­cerns raised by my­self, my fel­low MPs and the rail user groups in to­day’s meet­ing with the Trans­port Sec­re­tary, will be taken for­ward and ac­tion will be seen in the com­ing weeks. I will be writ­ing a let­ter with my col­leagues to fol­low-up on the ac­tions aris­ing from the meet­ing.”

Mr Grayling, who has been heav­ily crit­i­cised for re­cent rail chaos fol­low­ing wide­spread timetable changes, re­cently ap­pointed Richard Ge­orge to over­see in­fra­struc­ture and op­er­a­tions in the north.

Said Clr Bolt: “The Sec­re­tary of State ac­cepted that rail ser­vices had not been good enough.

“Some of our prob­lems have been around is­sues with en­gi­neer­ing on the other side of Lan­cashire that have knocked on.

“Then there have been train com­pa­nies not run­ning with suf­fi­cient rolling stock.

“Richard Ge­orge has been ap­pointed to get to grips with all the de­lays and with the train oper­a­tors.

“He didn’t fudge the is­sue. He said de­lays were un­ac­cept­able. It’s not what any­body wants let alone the gov­ern­ment.

“In terms of Mars­den there has been months of pre­var­i­ca­tion by oth­ers. This has been raised with the rail com­pa­nies be­fore and with Net­work Rail.

“We showed the min­is­ter a pic­ture and he agreed it needed sort­ing.

“He didn’t put a timescale on it but we will be chas­ing him up on that.”

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