A TRAIN operator running services through Huddersfield has signalled plans for improvements to its network.

Northern said it aimed to improve punctuality, reduce overcrowding on its trains and improve station facilities.

The operator has 4,300 staff running more than 2,500 train services calling at 500 stations across Yorkshire, the north-east and the north-west.

They include "stopping" trains linking Huddersfield with Leeds, Manchester, Wakefield and Sheffield.

Northern - which has detailed its plans in a 22-page report - took over the nine-year franchise at the end of last year.

Northern said its target pledged to run at least 99% of services in the published timetable - with at least 91% of long distance services arriving at their destination within 10 minutes of the time shown on timetables and 91% of short distance services arriving within five minutes.

It also pledged to provide a seat for every passenger travelling outside peak times and said passengers should not have to stand for more than 20 minutes at peak times.

The report said Northern would carry out "train counts" to ensure capacity matched demand.

It promised to make services easier for bicycle users - with plans to set up a bicycle users' forum in December.

It also plans to improve pedestrian access to stations, update ticket machines and take action against fare dodging.

Northern says it has set stricter standards for keeping trains and stations clean, tackling graffiti, and maintaining lighting and CCTV systems.

Managing director Heidi Mottram said:

"We aim to make our stakeholders, passengers, local communities and staff clearly aware of our promises and allow them to judge our success in delivering them."