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Predicitions that the number of people commuting by
train into Leeds and other regional centres will more than double
in the next generation, make investment in the West Yorkshire's
rail network and rolling stock even more urgent said Metro Chairman
Cllr Chris Greaves this weekend.
'Planning Ahead', a rail industry planning document prepared by
Network Rail, the Association of Train Operating Companies and the
Rail Freight Operators' Association forecasts twice as many people
commuting into Leeds and growth of up to 115 per cent on some
routes, within 25 years.
Cllr Chris Greaves said, "The predictions in this report make
Metro's calls for investment in the local rail network
infrastructure and additional rolling stock all the more urgent as
the kind of improvements that would be needed take time to
"These rises in commuter numbers would represent significant
growth in the economy and as Metro, along with the CBI and the
British Chambers of Commerce, has been saying, you need to maintain
investment in transport projects to underpin that growth.
"Some of our peak-time trains are bursting at the seams and we
have already heard this week that passengers in our region are
concerned about overcrowding.
"I have written to the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond
inviting him to come to West Yorkshire and travel on some rush-hour
trains to see for himself the effects of rolling stock
"This report, along with the recent ATOC report on growing
passenger numbers and this week's Passenger Focus survey results,
makes it all the more important he accepts."