Plea for Boxing Day rail service in Keighley and across West Yorkshire

Calls have been made for Boxing Day trains to be introduced to Keighley and across West Yorkshire.

John Grogan, who will contest Keighley for Labour at the next general election, has criticised a lack of rail services that day.

“All our major European neighbours run trains during the holiday period, but other than on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, there will not be a single service running in Yorkshire on Boxing Day,” he said.

“People wanting to go on the famous ‘Mince Pie Specials’, which start on Boxing Day on the Worth Valley line, should be able to reach the town from the rest of the north of England by train.

“It is ridiculous also that Man-chester Airport on December 26 – which is its busiest day in the whole year for passengers and flights – cannot be reached by train.”

The Rail Delivery Group, which speaks on behalf of operators, said trains will be running in some areas.

But it added: “Operating all services would mean keeping the entire network staffed and running for a fraction of the number of passengers that normally travel, and taxpayers would pick up much of the cost.

“Christmas and other major holidays are when the railway is less busy than on a typical weekday, so we use these periods to carry out important improvements passengers want.”

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