It was a pleasure meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to discuss the transport in our area.
Improving transport in the constituency is one of my key commitment, as connectivity makes people lives better and stimulates economic growth. I raised a number of issues with the Minister.
Firstly, I raised the concerns of many residents in Gildersome in relation to the cancellation by Arriva of the bus line 209, which connects Leeds to Heckmondwicke.
This service is vital for many commuters working in the centre of Leeds and I have also raised the issue directly with the provider of the service, Arriva and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. I look forward to their response.
I also shared with the Secretary of State the experiences of many residents with the local railway service, specifically at the stations of Outwood and Morley, in the last few months.
Commuters travelling between Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield have been facing delays, cancellations, strikes and overcrowded trains. Despite recent upgrades and upcoming works to Morley train station, some commuters are still facing issues when travelling.
The Secretary of State assured me that he will look into the issues of these specific routes and will respond to me in due course. I will of course update you when I hear more.
Finally, I raised the idea of a “Welcome to Yorkshire” signs to be put up on the A1, M1 and M62, a campaign that I have been working towards for some time and that has been endorsed by Sir Gary Verity, CEO of “Welcome to Yorkshire”.
I am pleased that the Secretary of State said that his department is looking for a feasible solution to erect the signs welcoming drivers in God’s Own Country.
Better transport is an important part of my plan for Morley and Outwood and I look forward to these issues being fixed and improvements being made.