More seats on Calder Valley line

RAIL commuters on the Calder Valley line should experience less overcrowding from December.

Northern Rail is extending from two carriages to four the 6.37am Leeds to Manchester Victoria and the 8.22 Manchester to Leeds trains.

The improvement is in response to Government proposals for the rail industry to improve passenger comfort.

“The reason for using the additional carriages for these particular services is to relieve crowding for commuters and to provide more seats,” said a spokeswoman for Northern Rail. “We are also working closely with the Department of Transport to investigate the potential to strengthen other services in the peak rush hour.”

Halifax MP Linda Riordan welcomed the extra carriages but said more should be done.

“I am pleased that a couple of morning services will have additional carriages, but not enough is being done to provide extra seats on peak services between Halifax and Leeds,” she said.

“Commuters want more seats and it’s time rail bosses created extra capacity.”