Letters: Rail network is seriously flawed in Yorkshire

Rail services across the North West will be disrupted today by a fresh strike in the long-running dispute over guards ontrains.
Rail services across the North West will be disrupted today by a fresh strike in the long-running dispute over guards ontrains.

John Appleyard, via email

I use the railways as they are my favourite mode of transport and I am embarrassed to say it but the network is becoming seriously flawed.

In West Yorkshire we have had a long running dispute with safety due to management wishing to remove guards from our trains and there seems very little interest in trying to resolve this with the trade unions.

Timetable changes have led to unacceptable delays and cancellations and now rail passengers are to be asked whether we wish to pay more for a better service or less for a worse service.

I agree with the thoughts of Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester when he says train operator Northern is in the last chance saloon and train commuters in the north should get ‘substantial compensation for this fiasco along with the removal of Transport secretary Chris Grayling’.