More of the same for long suffering Hull rail passengers

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More of the same for long suffering Hull rail passengers

More of the same for long suffering Hull rail passengers
2021-07-22 12:30:00
A rail campaigner says proposed new train timetables do little for Hull despite years of lobbying for more investment in the region's network. The new timetables connected to the East Coast Main Line are scheduled to start in May 2022 and are currently the subject of a public consultation. They include train services in and out of Hull operated by TransPennine Express TPE), Northern, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Hull Trains. READ MORE Tragic end to search for beloved Shetland pony Peter Pumpkin who was stolen from his paddock But independent rail consultant David Walford said none of the operators were planning extra services for Hull under the new timetables. He also singled out TransPennine Express for particular criticism, claiming the company had actually “downgraded” its services to and from Hull over the years. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. He said: “Looking at the general proposals for all the TPE North East services, they take no account of the extensive responses from key stakeholders and rail users across the Hull catchment area including East Yorkshire and the Selby area. “With a population of over two thirds of a million people and the extensive ports operations around the Humber, this is totally unacceptable. “Similarly, this is the only region across the North that has not benefitted from the extensive new rolling stock paid for by the government but again is given the older franchise units.” Mr Walford said he took issue with TPE's consultation pledge to balance the need for fast journeys with serving all destinations. A TransPennine Express service (Image: PA) “They clearly have not done this, Instead, services have been blatantly downgraded to and from Hull over the lifetime of TPE’s management of express services across the North. “We are the only region that has longer journey times in addition to the loss all direct services to Manchester Airport and the loss of all direct services to Liverpool.” Mr Walford said instead of restoring Hull's direct link to Liverpool, TPE was proposing to use brand new five-carriage trains on an express service between Scarborough and Liverpool. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “How can there possibly be a logical business reason why Scarborough should be linked by an express service to Liverpool? With all the joint business operations surrounding the ports on the Humber with those of the Mersey, all logic is to link these two regions by direct express.” The public consultation on the proposed new timetables runs until August 5. The proposed new timetable changes in Hull London North Eastern Railway LNER currently operates one train in the morning from Hull to London, one train in the evening from London to Hull and a return train from Hull to Doncaster. All three services also call at Brough and Selby. One of new LNER trains coming to Hull (Image: LNER) LNER want to change the departure time of the morning train from Hull to London to 06.59 and add extra stops at Retford and Peterborough, arriving in London at 09.51. The evening train from London to Hull will leave at 18.09 instead of 17.18, arriving in Hull at 20

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