From Ilkley Gazette, Decemeber 21st, 2018
Written by Jim Jack
TWO Wharfedale MPs have taken a train operator to task over reliability issues and a failure to resolve strikes. John Grogan (Lab, Keighley) and Alex Sobel (Lab, Leeds North West) made their points about Northern rail during a debate at Westminster before Parliament broke up for Christmas. Both MPs say their rail-related workload has increased significantly in recent months due to a ‘deluge’ of complaints from constituents about the poor quality* of service. They have also been fielding complaints linked to ongoing industrial action being taken by RMT members on Northern trains over a long-running dispute about the role of guards. (The trade union has now announced that strikes will continue on every Saturday of January, 2019).
From Ilkley Gazette, December 20th, 2018
Written by Claire Lomax
ILKLEY'S MP John Grogan has this week officially endorsed a campaign for a life-saver on every corner of the town. Mr Grogan visited Virtual College in Ilkley to lend his support to the Ilkley pilot of the 'Prepared to Save a Life' challenge. The scheme aims to make Ilkley the UK's first town of lifesavers. The free online emergency first aid training, put together by Virtual College under the banner of ‘Prepared to Save a Life’, was officially launched at the House of Commons last month.
From Ilkley Gazette, December 17th, 2018
KEIGHLEY and Ilkley MP John Grogan has placed a Christmas charity bet at the Betfred shop in Ilkley. He contributed £20 and Betfred £80. Any winnings will go to one of the Bradford Lord Mayor’s charities - Bradford Nightstop which helps young people who are homeless.
From Mirror, December 15th, 2018
Written by Stephen Hayward
Rail passengers will be properly stuffed this Christmas, with next to no trains on Boxing Day. Ministers were accused of betrayal after it emerged only five out of 30 operators will be running on December 26 – and not a single train will move outside the South East. More than 330 rail projects are planned between December 22 and January 3, sparking timetable changes.