South Leeds: Morley Station revamp is stepped up

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A councillor has stepped up the campaign to modernise Morley Station.

Coun Neil Dawson (Lab, Morley South) has met with former Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield, now chairman of a region-wide Transport Committee, to discuss the station’s need for disabled access and extended car parking.

The Huddersfield-Manchester platform is only accesible by steps, while Station Road is often left congested by drivers parking there because of a shortage of spaces in the car park.

Coun Dawson said: “We need to have major improvements at the station that will increase the number of car parking spaces to accommodate the existing and future demand at the station.

“Already we see cars parked the length of Station Road as there are insufficient places for parking.

“I have also asked if the West Yorkshire Combined Authority can also promote Morley Station to be included in the next phase of Network Rail plan to create step-free access at railway stations.

“With the right level of investment in facilities then Morley Station would have significant growth and provide a public transport alternative for commuters from Morley to Leeds and elsewhere in West Yorkshire.”

Campaigners were disappointed last Christmas when Morley missed out on a share of a Department for Transport cash pot set aside for improving disabled access at stations.

On that occasion, 26 places were granted money – only four of them in the north of England.

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