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Railways: Leeds Commuter Services

Volume 685: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the reasons for the withdrawal of government funding for the fourth carriage in the class 333 electric trains on the Leeds northern triangle commuter services linking Leeds and Bradford with towns in the Aire and Wharfe valleys; what is their assessment of the amount of overcrowding that will occur as a result of the removal of these vehicles; and what discussions they are holding with operators and the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority on this matter. [HL7428]

The funding has not been withdrawn. It has been extended to March 2007 and the department is discussing the aspirations of Northern Rail and the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to extend the use of carriages beyond that date.