After all, the reason that Bradford is in the running for a special status that Hull enjoyed in 2017 is because of the potential of its bid to attract visitors from across Britain and beyond. They should just not expect to travel here by train.
Not only is the decision to halve the number of trains operating from Forster Square to Shipley, Ilkley and Skipton a dereliction of public duty, given the number of students who depend on this service, but further cuts to Northern rail services show a wider contempt for passengers.
If they go ahead, the latest timetable changes will leave gaps of over two hours each evening on the line between Leeds and Harrogate at a very time when this Government is encouraging families to use public transport.
Yes, the impact of the Covid was not foreseen – but neither was the failure of the DfT, and wider rail industry, to entice passengers back onto the trains and, instead, use the pandemic as an excuse for a series of decisions that would not be tolerated in the capital. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, writing in The Yorkshire Post earlier this week, said this is no longer a London-centric government. Secretary of State, perhaps you’d like to visit Bradford and tell that in person to all those who will be affected by this, frankly, rank hypocrisy.
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