EXTRA seats for Huddersfield train passengers have won a rail company a top award.
The company, Northern Rail, has been named transport team of the year at the National Transport Awards 2007.
The company – which runs trains across the north of England – was given the prize after it decided to provide more services in Yorkshire to meet the growing demand.
The move was part of a £20m joint project with West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive – better known as Metro – and the Yorkshire Forward development agency.
The company was also voted public transport operator of the year at the awards for its success in attracting 20% more passengers since it started operating in the area in 2004.
Managing director Heidi Mottram said: “These awards are fantastic recognition of the hard work of everyone at Northern Rail and our partners in the two-and-a-half years since we started operating.
“I would also like to thank passengers for their support for Northern Rail, particularly during recent severe weather.”
In December last year about 1,700 extra seats were added to services – including those from Huddersfield to Leeds – during peak times.
A survey carried out weeks after the introduction of extra seating showed that 96% of passengers thought trains were less crowded.
Metro chairman Clr Ryk Downes said: “The service has been a lot better since the extra carriages were put on.
“I am delighted that Metro, Yorkshire Forward and Northern Rail have received this award for a project which has brought significant benefits to rail passengers in West Yorkshire.”