COMMUTERS in Bradford have been urged to have their say over improvements in rail services across the north in a new survey.

Routes from Northern and TransPennine (TPE) franchises across the region will benefit from extensive electrification and upgrades over the next five years as part of the government’s £1 billion investment in the northern rail network.

This upgrade features 700 extra trains every day and 44 million more passengers a year.

This means better journeys, improved connections and more modern trains for passengers, travelling between Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle and onwards to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Now, the Department for Transport has launched a consultation into the future of rail services across the region.

Both the TPE and the Northern franchises are set to be awarded by February 2016.

The consultation will probe how the new franchises can tackle crowding on trains, meet future passenger demand and offer faster and more frequent services across the region.

The survey will run until August 18. To view the document, go to