IMPENDING rail timetable changes in the region have been described as a "backward step".

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is reminding people that most through trains between stations in east Leeds and places like Bradford and Halifax will no longer run.

After Sunday, people travelling between Micklefield, Cross Gates, East Garforth & Garforth and Bramley, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Halifax and beyond will no longer be able to travel on a direct train.

Instead, they will need to change trains at Leeds.

Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the WYCA's Transport Committee said: "Losing these direct journeys, which are made by hundreds of people every day, represents a real backward step for local rail services at a time when we are working to develop better public transport links that reduce congestion and support our local economy."

She said reforms are needed to create a rail system for the North "focused on passengers".