YEP Letters: June 9

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South Leeds park is a ‘little gem’

Ernest Lundy, by email

At a time when crown green bowling is experiencing a difficult period, with greens being lost and those in certain parks (according to some players) being below standard, members and visitors to Holbeck Moor are enjoying this wonderful little park.

In spite of being situated alongside one of the busiest roads in the country, this little gem in south Leeds is one of the best maintained in the city. In fact it is an oasis of calm and relaxation. The bowling greens are in wonderful condition, due to the hard work of the gardeners and a pleasure to play upon.

Although I can no longer compete in the game I have loved for most of my 91 years, on behalf of the club members and others who use the greens, may I congratulate all who apply so much hard work and dedication in making the experience of visiting Holbeck Moor Park an absolute pleasure.

Excuses arriving at platform one

Martin J Phillips, Leeds

CONCERNING Tom Richmond’s recent article highlighting the problem of longer trains and shorter platforms (YEP June 4), do not be at all surprised if the rail operators (Northern and TransPennine Express) use the shortness of some platforms as an excuse for not introducing the promised new, longer trains.

They have been promising this new rolling stock for years and this has been one of their excuses for not introducing them. With some operators trying to run trains without guards (driver only) there is a likelihood that this could also be used as a way of not introducing new, longer trains, as it would be much harder for the driver to monitor passengers entering or leaving trains if there are more carriages.

Going back to pre-privatisation, the cost of new stations or extending existing platforms was far cheaper. In fact Metro financed some of the pre-privatisation work. After privatisation, the cost of such work increased ten-fold.

If all the railways were stiil run by a nationalised British Rail, I doubt there would have been all the chaos caused by the introduction of new train timetables.

The different franchises mean that there is no coordination or integration of services for people who have to change trains during their journey. I’ve heard through the grapevine that there is no longer a direct rail service between Leeds and Blackpool.

Another problem with the local trains is the withdrawl of the Metro train timetables. These were colour-coded to fit in with the Metro ‘overground’ map (using the same sort of mapping as the London Underground). Having to use Northern’s timetables makes it far harder to get about West Yorkshire by train. We will have to wait and see if things improve at all on the railways. Northern in particular seem to be going out of their way to be less ‘user-friendly’ with all the new ticketing and regulations they are introducing. They seem intent on punishing passengers.

Action needed on railways

D Angood, by email

re the ructions about the state of railways in the north, unfortunately the uncertainty of scheduled trains is a national disaster.

The arguments about the cause do not help resolve the situation and it is action that is needed. Improvements in the north have been running at a snail’s pace for decades mainly due to the lack of a decent strategy to provide an adequate transport network system and a distinct lack of investment.

Prority must be given to improving the scheduled services across the Northern network so that reliability is paramount.

What were the causes of the changes inflicted on the travelling public and why were they not acted upon prior to these changes?

When they were awarded the franchise again the operator knew the timetable schedules that were in place so they should have planned accordingly to safeguard them as well taking steps to upgrade and improve so as to attract more customers instead of allowing such deterioration.

What has gone wrong? Does Northern have an answer that will placate the anger of the regular traveller?

Investment has stuttered over decades with dribs and drabs coming from central government mainly because our local representatives have not been united in formulating a viable plan for the area.

The Northern Powerhouse needs to get up a head of steam and shock central government into action. Will the PM be able to bring about change? Will she appoint another “expert” to oversee the work and will we, the suffering public, get the usual result that we have come to expect from these so called “experts”? Will we wait in vain or will we finally get a transport system that the area so desperately needs?

M-way move welcomed

Amanda Stretton, Confused.com motoring editor.

ALLOWING learner drivers to practice on motorways is something that many road users have long been asking for.

It means that less experienced drivers will learn how to use motorways and switch lanes safely before they get their licence . Our research shows that that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of drivers believe that motorway driving should be added to the test.

While driving on the motorway still won’t officially be tested, allowing learner drivers to practice could be a significant step to improving the standard of driving in the UK. We encourage learners to keep calm when driving on motorways for the first time and to pay close attention to the motorway rules and speed limits to ensure safety for all on UK roads.

Why not use cycle lanes?

Michael Haslehurst, Crofton

Having read about the proposed extension of a cycle path between Castleford and Wakefield, I wonder how many cyclists will use this. As a regular user of Neil Fox Way I constantly see cyclists not using the purpose-built cycle paths provided by the planning authority, no doubt at great cost.

It seems that they are very vociferous in demanding safe places to ride and then do not use the facility. Can any cyclist or cycle club who use Neil Fox Way explain the reason behind this? There must be many more motorists who feel the same way.

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