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Network Rail’s platform snub rivals Chris Grayling for contempt of the North

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IT is clear Network Rail has been taking additional lessons from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over how best to insult Yorkshire rail commuters and abdicate their public service responsibilities.

This much is abundantly obvious from their point-blank refusal to answer a Freedom of Information request after this column revealed last month that new trains being brought into service on two routes will, in fact, be too long for many of the station platforms.

Given that the Wharfedale and Airedale lines are two of the busiest in the North as they shuttle commuters between Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton and all stations in between, The Yorkshire Post – suspicious that the North was being snubbed again – asked how many platforms had been extended over the past five years, and for a regional breakdown and the cost.

A not unreasonable request, given the public and political focus on the North’s rail shambles that has been exacerbated, in part, by Network Rail’s failure to complete urgent improvements before new timetables were introduced in May with such chaotic consequences.

Not so. In refusing, it cites occasions “when a public authority is allowed to refuse a request for information on the basis that the time that would need to be spent gathering and reviewing the information would be so great that it would create a ‘disproportionate burden’ on that........

© Yorkshire Evening Post