Delays hit Leeds trains

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THE ‘STARVING’ of investment in Yorkshire rail routes has been shown in new figures showing how likely commuters are to be delayed on their journey to work, campaigners say.

Data analysts examined the punctuality of thousands of arrivals over 11 weeks at the 16 busiest stations in the UK, including Leeds, Sheffield and York in Yorkshire.

Leeds ranked 11th - the best city in Yorkshire - but still showed significant delays. In total, 33.6 per cent of trains arriving in the city were late, delayed by an average of 2.35 minutes. Overall, 7,466 trains arriving at Leeds over an 11-week period were analysed by Fasteroute and the Open Data Institute.

The highest number of delays were between 8 and 8.30am, when 37.42 per cent were either delayed or cancelled.

York and Sheffield were ranked third and fourth, with 41.5 per cent and 39.7 per cent respectively.

Transport campaigners say the data should be used next year to target improvements by Arriva Rail and FirstGroup, who were awarded the franchises currently ran by Northern Rail and TransPennine for some Yorkshire routes earlier this month.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “This data demonstrates the effect that starving Yorkshire of investment in rail has had on commuters.

“The new Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises which will run from April will have to solve these problems, and we’re glad they have committed to putting on new trains and services to redress the balance and catch up with rail services in other parts of the country.”