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Additional seats for Leeds commuters
30/06/2011 | Channel:
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that twenty additional rail carriages are to be deployed on routes serving Leeds, providing more than 2000 extra seats each day.
The extra carriages will be used to run more trains at busy times – on the lines from Skipton, Ilkley and Doncaster via Wakefield into Leeds – and to lengthen other existing services operated by Northern Rail. They form part of the 650 additional carriages the Government will introduce onto the UK’s rail network by 2014.
The extra carriages are planned to enter service from December 2011. The Government is continuing discussions with Northern Rail on adding more carriages to the region’s train services. The five Class 322 electric trains (20 carriages) will deliver additional peak time services between Leeds – Skipton / Ilkley and Leeds – Doncaster. Their introduction will also allow for the cascade of some diesel units to strengthen services on the Calder Valley line (Leeds – Bradford – Manchester Victoria).