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Metro Chairman Councillor Chris
Greaves has welcomed confirmation by the Office of the Rail
Regulator (ORR) that it has given the go-ahead for additional train
services between West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region, and
London Kings Cross.
"The ORR's decision means that Grand
Union will be running three return services
each day which will mean new, direct links with London for
Bradford, Halifax, Brighouse, Pontefract and Wakefield," said
"It also means there will be an
additional third National Express East Coast service every other
hour between Kings Cross and Leeds, which subject to timetabling issues being
resolved will run through to Harrogate," he continued.
One of the two existing hourly
National Express trains between London Kings Cross and Leeds might
also be extended to Bradford Forster Square if it can be fitted
into the route's busy timetable, Councillor Greaves explained.
"It is good news for West Yorkshire
and the Leeds City Region that the ORR has confirmed its decision,"
added Councillor Greaves. "These additional rail links with the
capital, which Metro has strongly supported, can only strengthen
the local economy."
The new services should start running
from December 2009.