Responding to the publication of Rolling Stock Perspective
by the Department for Transport, Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West
Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:
“While I welcome the publication of this report, it only
states what local passengers already know and have been telling us; that there
aren’t enough trains to meet demand, and that a significant number of those
that are available are long past their sell-by date."
Rolling Stock Perspective - Moving Britain Ahead sets out
the Department for Transport's (DfT) viewpoint on rolling stock and their
aspirations for the sector as a whole.
It aims to make DfT act as better client of rolling stock
for passengers and taxpayers, drive improvements in terms of passenger quality
and offer improved information and transparency for stakeholders with regard to
passenger rolling stock.
“The new Northern franchisee will have to supply at least
120 new-build diesel carriages", continued Cllr Wakefield, "but
Northern has over 100 Pacer ‘railbuses’ which will need to be withdrawn after
2020 when accessibility legislation comes into effect – so all those extra
carriage will be used to replace existing stock, not provide much-needed
“Meanwhile, passengers on TransPennine Express trains – one
of the fastest-growing rail markets – face overcrowding for most of the day,
and will soon find some of their trains being sent to a different operator.
They could have been replaced by electric trains, but the Department for
Transport has paused that scheme.
“We want train travel to be an attractive, affordable option
as a strong local rail network will help build economic growth and make the
Chancellor’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ a reality and passengers need assurances that there will significant
improvements in the next five years.”
the publication on the DfT web site (opens in new window).