The Yorkshire Party’s candidate for Pudsey has launched his campaign by calling for a ‘Yorkshire rail ‘revolution’.
Ahead of the December 12 general election, Bob Buxton, the Party’s transport spokesman, said:
“We won’t settle for being London’s poor-relation. From 2012-2017, Yorkshire’s railways received only £3.3 billion in funding, compared to £24.9 billion for London.
“Fair funding and proper, powerful devolution will allow us to start a Yorkshire Rail Revolution, accelerating electrification, replacing old diesel pacers, reversing Beeching cuts and building new lines and stations.”
Mr Buxton added:
“What little budget Leeds does have is set to be wasted by the Labour-run City Council on a pointless airport road – it won’t bypass the worst congestion and will be yet another attack on our greenbelt.
“Instead, the Yorkshire Party supports a direct rail link to an adjacent station via tunnelling which would also serve as a park-and-ride, taking hundreds of cars off the road every day.”
The Yorkshire Party also wants to see customers charged less for late bus and train services, rather than having to apply for refunds. Mr Buxton added:
“If your service is 20 minutes late, you pay half-price, 40 minutes late and it’s free.”
Under the Party’s ‘pay less for late’ scheme, customers with pre-paid tickets would be able to get immediate refunds directly at stations.
Other confirmed candidates in the Pudsey constituency include Labour’s Jane Aitchison, the Conservative’s Stuart Andrew and Liberal Democrat Ian Dowling.
At the last election in 2017, Mr Andrew held on to his seat by just 339 votes, making Pudsey one of the tightest marginal seats in the country and a key battleground at the next General Election.