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Scarborough Borough Councillor Backs Urgent Review Of Train Timetables

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Published at 6:01am 8th February 2018

A Scarborough Borough Councillor has backed calls for an urgent review into the new May 2018 train timetables by Hunmanby Parish Council and local campaigners.

This follows the final phase of the timetable development carried out by Network Rail and Rail North.

Councillor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, who represents Hertford Ward says there are concerns about the lack of consultation on the changes.

In the current draft timetable, there will be significant gaps of two or three hours between trains from Hunmanby to Scarborough.

One will pass straight through while two others will stop at the village for one minute but won't let passengers get on or off the train.

  • At 11.31 the 10.30 train from Hull to Scarborough (1G06) passes through the station 
  • At 12.29 to 12.30 the 11.30 train from Hull to Scarborough (1G08) stops at Hunmanby for operational reasons but not to let passengers get on or off the train
  • At 14.29 to 14.30 the 13.30 train from Hull to Scarborough (1G12) stops at Hunmanby for operational reasons but not to let passengers get on or off the train

Cllr. Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff said:

"While there are welcome improvements, we need answers as to why stops in Hunmanby and other concerns about connectivity to Scarborough and Filey raised during the summer didn't make the final timetable.

Cllr. Donohue-Moncrieff raised concerns at the September meeting of Scarborough Borough Council.

A meeting of North Yorkshire County Council's Transport Scrutiny committee discussed Rail Passenger Services on 31st October.

She adds:

"The Transport Scrutiny Meeting was held after concerns were raised by our MP Kevin Hollinrake, Hunmanby Parish Council and others, however, the report and minutes of the meeting make no mention of this whatsoever. I find this very worrying as it is clear from contacts I have had, that County Councillors NYCC were not given all the facts at that meeting.

I am grateful that Cllr. David Jeffels has asked for this matter to be discussed at a future meeting.

I have also written to Cllr. Mike Jordan, Chairman of the Transport Scrutiny Committee asking for an urgent investigation. I have also written to Cllr. Steve Siddons, Chairman of Scarborough Borough Council's Overview and Scrutiny Board as rail connectivity is vital for the economic development of our Borough."

Local MP Kevin Hollinrake is working to try and resolve the concerns raised by residents in Hunmanby before the end of February deadline.

Kevin said:

"I have been working hard to make sure we get a full service stopping at Hunmanby.

We have made a lot of progress already so the service is much better than it was.

However, there are still three services every day which don’t stop there and this causes big problems with connections with the Transpennine Express.

I have been in touch with the operator, Northern Rail, to get these gaps closed so we can have a more joined up service.

I will be attending a public meeting next week organised by NYCC who are the body responsible for making recommendations to the train operator”

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