The emotional closure of Kellingley Colliery, increasing demand on 999 services and a call for new railways were among the issues readers debated in letters to the YEP this week.
Here is a selection of the top letters to the YEP this week.
Kellingley workers deserved better
You can ask anybody who was involved and each one will tell you this was a set up and had been planned for years before, they saw a chance to kill the industry off and took it with both hands.
Over the last 32 years I have worked with some magnificent men showing outstanding comradeship and bravado, something that will die with the coal industry and will never be experienced again by anyone anywhere.
Each man that walks out of that pit tomorrow and the men that have gone before us over the last 18 months can do so with extreme pride knowing that they have made every effort to keep the industry alive, they should not bear any doubt whatsoever.
Good luck lads, each and everyone of you, you deserved better.
Call for more local railways
It should be possible to link the major traffic generators including the developments on Leeds Southbank including Holbeck Village by a rail tunnel. It might even be possible to remove eventually the eyesore that is the rail line east of Leeds station as far as Marsh Lane. This would greatly improve the visual environment of the city.
What about a competition as to how Leeds should best improve its rail network so as best to propel us genuinely into the league of top ranking European cities?
Message from ambulance chiefs
As the festive period is usually a challenging time for the NHS and emergency services, I am writing to your readers to ask them to do what they can to alleviate the pressure on our services. This includes behaving responsibly, looking after friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable at this time of year and staying safe, whether at home or out and about on the roads or busy town centres. This will help to avoid the need to call an ambulance - something no-one wants to do at this time of year.
Trains are overcrowded
I take my hat off to the poor commuters who travel this route every working day. I have been appalled at what the travelling public has to endure on this line. The trains are dirty and grossly, dangerously overcrowded.
Why can’t extra carriages be put on at peak times? So far in this period, I have had three trains broken down during the journey, several cancelled trains, and don’t even get me started on those inefficient ticket barriers at Leeds station. I have managed to get through these on about four occasions without have to call the attendant to release the gates.
New cycleway is ‘waste of money’
My wife Jean and I were driving along Stanningley Road to see what progress has been made with the new Leeds-Bradford cycleway.
When finished, what was a reasonable roadway will not leave room for traffic to pass in each direction. This is particularly so at Stanningley Bottom where the pavement has been extended on both sides of the road and the cycleway has not yet been put in. There will barely be room for two No.72 buses to pass, let alone overtake.