ONE of the region's MPs is asking for constituents to come forward with examples of how they have been affected by the recent rail timetabling chaos.

Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, recently met campaigners and commuters at Batley station who slammed local services as "overcrowded and primitive."

Ms Brabin said she was taken aback by the "horror stories" relayed to her, and wants to hear from more local passengers to help build a case to present to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP.

Northern introduced major changes to its timetables last month, and has since repeatedly apologised for the disruption caused, including numerous cancellations and late-running services.

Ms Brabin said: “Having had numerous conversations and email exchanges with constituents about the dire situation I thought nothing could shock me, but I was wrong.

"Some of the stories I heard, one where a woman spent her journey crammed into a train toilet with six other commuters, were beyond belief.

"And these were just the tip of the iceberg. Consistent cancellations and delays, too few carriages, extortionate fares and nonsensical timetabling, the list goes on. These aren't just stories, they are people's lives.

"It’s time for the Government to end the failed experiment in franchising and bring rail back into public ownership before any further damage is done.

"We need to show the Government the reality of what is happening on the ground, and the more examples we can give, the more compelling a case we can build."

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