THE district’s MPs discussed the state of local rail services in a passionate Westminster debate this week.
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff secured the meeting after months of rail chaos for commuters, who have been forced to travel on overcrowded and late trains because of new timetables introduced by train operators Northern Rail.
There have also been workers’ strikes which led to limited services and even more disruption.
Miss Sherriff said her constituents deserved better than having to “rely on shambolic public transport and put up with poor access and facilities”.
She said: “When disabled access at Yorkshire stations is as unlikely as your train being on time and passengers are deprived of basic facilities like toilets, it is clear there is a desperate need for improvement.
“We’ve heard stories of human suffering and misery, impact on social mobility, mental health, life chances – my constituents and those in the rest of Yorkshire deserve better.”
Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin said failings on the local rail network had “descended into farce”.
She described the fact that Batley railway station is among eight stations in Kirklees with no permanent disabled access as ‘shameful’.
Ms Brabin called on transport minister Andrew Jones to divulge what is being done “to ensure operators meet this crucial legal requirement”.