ACTION is being taken to deal with flooding outside Guiseley Station after the issue was raised by the town’s MP.

Stuart Andrew, the MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, met with the senior communications manager of Network Rail in Guiseley to discuss ways of tackling the flooding on Station Road.

Mr Andrew said he and many residents were unhappy with the constant flooding on the road outside the station and the lack of action to fix the problem. Some residents say flooding has been a problem for as many as 40 years.

The MP said Network Rail found upon examining the issue that more extensive work needs to be done on the area. The drainage needs to be moved and as a result of the meeting last Friday, the rail company has pledged to undertake the bigger job and is already sourcing contractors. The work is expected to be completed next year.

While it is sorting out a long-term solution Network Rail says it will take measures to clear flooding as it occurs.

Mr Andrew said: “This is an issue that many of my constituents have contacted me about over the past few years, with some of them even saying that the problem has been there for 40 years. As a result, I am delighted that Network Rail have finally pledged to fully undertake the project and ensure that flooding won’t reoccur in that area as well as ensuring the cobbles remain there. This is something that was also emphasised by local residents as important.”

He said although there would be a delay to begin the works he was confident that Network Rail viewed the project as a priority.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are aware that there have been issues with flooding on Station Road in Guiseley and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“Network Rail takes this issue very seriously and we are committed to resolving it. We will be carrying out detailed investigation work in the area to identify a long-term fix to the issue.

“In the meantime, we are looking at a temporary measure to alleviate the problem.

“We would like to thank residents and station users for their patience whilst this work takes place.”

He said as a temporary measure Network Rail would be informed when flooding occurred and would then send workers out to pump the water away and clean up the area.