Calder Valley rail missery must end, says MP

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LINDA Riordan wants the Government to urgently invest in new trains for the Caldervale line.

She said the current rolling stock was making journeys for commuters “a misery”.

Her comments echo those of the Halifax and District Rail Action Group which is also campaigning for better trains for the line.

It warned last month that carriages first introduced on the Caldervale Line in the 1980s have been brought back into service.

The Halifax Labour MP said: “Much of the current rolling stock is dilapidated, dirty and over 25-years-old - passengers and rail staff deserve a lot better.

“Halifax station and the line is a lot better that it was two decades ago, when we had hourly trains and a horrible station concourse. “Now we need to make the trains fit for the 21st century and that requires investment and an acknowledgment that many of the current trains are, quite simply, past their sell by date.”

Mrs Riordan said more than a million people use Halifax station every year, many of them commuters.

Why should their journey to work be stressful, on old trains with not enough seats and cramped conditions?

“The solution is quite simple – new trains with more carriages. That will ensure Halifax is not one of the poor relations of the West Yorkshire rail network.

“I fully support HADRAG’s work and I have contacted the Transport Minister and asked her to urgently look at this issue and get the new and extra carriages in place as soon as possible.”