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its partners Yorkshire Forward and Northern Rail picked up the
Partnership Award at the National Transport Awards Ceremony in
London on Tuesday 17 July, for their work to introduce six
additional train units for West Yorkshire services.
In December, passengers on the MetroTrain network and beyond
began benefiting from almost 1,700 additional seats on peak-time
trains services into and out of Leeds thanks to the £20m
partnership between Metro, Yorkshire Forward and train operator
Northern. The additional trains have provided extra capacity on
busy peak-time services from York and Harrogate via Horsforth and
from Halifax and Bradford on the Caldervale Line. Services in to
and out of Leeds from Huddersfield, Knottingley, Selby and
Sheffield have also benefited.
Surveys carried out just weeks after the introduction of the
extra carriages showed that 96% of passengers thought the trains
are now less crowded. "The service has been a lot better since the
extra carriages were put on", said one passenger.
"I am delighted that Metro and its partners Yorkshire Forward
and Northern Rail have received this award for a project which has
brought significant benefits to rail passengers in West Yorkshire,"
said Metro Chairman, Councillor Ryk Downes.
"It shows what organisations such as ours can achieve by
thinking innovatively and working closely to achieve a common
Yorkshire Forward Chief Executive Tom Riordan echoed Councillor
Downes sentiment, adding; "Our collective ambitions for success in
Yorkshire and Humber can only be achieved if we work in partnership
- so I am delighted that this initiative has been recognised.
"I also hope this award reinforces the message to Government
that Yorkshire and Humber deserves a transport infrastructure that
supports the pace of its economic growth.
"This award shows that real partnerships are about achieving the
highest common factor, rather than the lowest common
Heidi Mottram, Managing Director, Northern Rail commented: "This
is fantastic recognition for a partnership approach that delivered
real benefits for our passengers."