Anger at the ‘unacceptable’ state of Hull Paragon Station

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Anger at the ‘unacceptable’ state of Hull Paragon Station

Anger at the ‘unacceptable’ state of Hull Paragon Station
2022-11-04 15:42:00
Operators of Hull’s main railway station have been criticised over its state of disrepair. Dame Diana Johnson, for Hull North, took aim at TransPennine Express this morning (Friday) over what she described as “a rubbish service” when it came to the toilets, waiting room and general state of Hull Paragon. The MP was speaking about the news that plans for an electrified line between Hull and Liverpool had been axed once again. But the U-turn on former PM Liz Truss’ proposals were not the only thing Ms Johnson had to criticise in an appearance on BBC Radio Humberside. The politician listed ongoing issues at the station which were creating more misery for passengers. Read more: Automatic ticket barrier plan aims to cut fare-dodging at Hull’s Paragon rail station Hull Paragon station (Image: Network Rail) “I’m really disappointed and not happy with TransPennine,” Ms Johnson told presenter David Burns during his morning show. “You’ll know I have ongoing issues with them about the state of Hull Station. “The fact is when I got off the train last night (Thursday), the waiting room and the toilets were all closed. There’s tape all along one side of the wall in the station and bollards – I don’t know what’s going on there, I think there’s water coming through the roof. “Those shops that they built are empty still, two of the four retail outlets they’ve not been able to fill. TransPennine have not run that station well. They haven’t done the repairs to the toilets and sorted that out, and we’re several years on. I am really not happy with TPE at all and they get a lot of money from the Government for providing a rubbish service.” MP Diana Johnson has thanked her Hull constituents for their messages of support (Image: Hull Live) Dame Diana’s comments were by no means the first time she has criticised Hull’s rail network and station. The veteran MP has for years spoken about the improvements needed, waging an ongoing battle to improve the toilets. Earlier this summer, she took to Twitter describing the facilities as “unacceptable” and that they “stink or urine”. “When are we going to get the botched toilets sorted out once and for all?” she wrote in tweets sent directly to Transpennine Express, who are the main operators of the station. It comes as a sore point to many regular train users in Hull after this morning’s announcement that plans for the Northern Powerhouse rail line wouldn’t be going ahead under Rishi Sunak’s leadership. This was despite Crossrail’s opening of the £570m Bond Street Station on London’s Elizabeth Line last month

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