25 January 2017
Bradford Green Party are calling for an immediate cut in rail fairs across Bradford District to reflect overcrowded and late running services.
This comes on the same day that the busy 7:06 service from Skipton to Leeds was cancelled leaving trains too full to collect passengers at Saltaire, Shipley and Apperley Bridge stations.
Earlier this week it was announced that the Northern franchise, run by Aviva, has seen customer satisfaction levels fall.
Matt Edwards of Bradford Green Party has said, "Northern's pledge for longer trains by 2019 is great news but they need to do much better at handling reliability in the meantime."
"The trains on the Airedale and Wharfedale line are less than 20 years old and most were refurbished in the last 8 years. By national standards they are relatively new."
"It's unacceptable that a single broken down train causes misery for commuters, some of who are forking out over £100 a month to stand on cramped, late trains for nearly an hour everyday. Why does Northern not have a back up plan?"
The Green Party has called for an end to the fragmented rail network that is run for profit by private companies - some of which are state-owned railways from across Europe.
On the issue of our railways, Caroline Lucas MP, co-leader of the Green Party has said, "Since privatisation nearly 20 years ago, the cost of train travel has risen by 17% compared to a 7% drop in the cost of motoring. The whole point was to save money but in recent years the bill for the taxpayer of running the trains has shot up by 2 to 3 times and it's the private companies benefiting from this."
The Green Party are currently running a petition calling on Chris Grayling to allow rail franchises to 'fall back' into public hands when their franchise agreements end.