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Metro has welcomed news that the Office of
the Rail Regulator (ORR) aims to approve an application by train
operator Grand Union to run three return services per day between
London and Bradford Interchange via Pontefract Monkhill, Wakefield
Kirkgate, Brighouse and Halifax.
"The introduction of three additional
trains each way providing Bradford, Brighouse, Halifax, Pontefract
and Wakefield with direct links to London Kings Cross is very good
news for West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region," said Metro
Chairman Councillor Chris Greaves.
"Metro has supported these proposals
which will bring economic and social benefits and create a number
of new jobs in the area," he continued.
"We now hope that the ORR will also be
able to approve proposals by National Express to run more direct
trains beyond Leeds, which would bring even further benefits."
The company behind the Grand Union
proposals also runs high speed direct train services, as Grand
Central, between London and the North East, .
National Express already runs train
services between West Yorkshire and London Kings Cross.
Find out more about Grand
Details of National Expres
East Coast services.