Craven Ward district councillor Andrew Mallinson said he felt progress was finally being made regarding the improvement of Steeton and Silsden Railway Station.

A joint transport working group was formed after residents had complained of lack of off-peak parking and disabled access to the station.

He told the parish council: “Sometimes it feels like nothing is getting done but we had a meeting in December and it was a very positive one, but it was disappointing that no one from Network Rail could attend. This is the second meeting they haven’t attended.”

Later, he added: “I have secured £20,000 of airport money and that will be matched.

“But we have got to be realistic — to increase the car park size will cost millions of pounds but if you do not chip away at it, it never gets done.”