MP demands explanation after Batley Station ranked in bottom ten for performance

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin is calling on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to explain to local commuters why Batley Station is rated in the bottom ten stations in Britain for performance.

Out of the 2,618 stations across England, Scotland and Wales, Batley Station is rated 2,608 for its performance over the last six months, according to the tracking and analysis website, On Time Trains.

Neighbouring Dewsbury Station is the 12th worst performing station and there is not a single Yorkshire Station in the 100 best performers, according to the website’s rankings.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “I have visited Batley Station several times this year to speak to commuters and almost without exception they have told me the service they are receiving is woefully inadequate.

“This data now indicates that the picture is even bleaker than we’d imagined.

“The people who are forced to endure cancellations, delays and overcrowding on local trains every single day will rightfully be infuriated by this damning indictment of our rail services.

“And while I realise that we now have more services coming through Batley, this increase cannot come at the expense of reliability.

“I have been repeatedly assured by the Secretary of State that services will improve – but I am yet to see any evidence of this.

“That is why I have invited Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to explain to my constituents what is being done to improve the services that so many people rely on.

“The long-suffering commuters in Batley and Spen deserve an explanation.”

Ms Brabin’s intervention comes just days after a new report by the think-tank IPPR North revealed that transport spending in Yorkshire and the Humber was £315 per person compared to £1,019 in the capital last year.

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