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More Reaction to Poor Train Service in Scarborough

More Reaction to Poor Train Service in Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 12:22pm 3rd December 2019. (Updated at 1:55pm 3rd December 2019)

North Yorkshire council's representative for Transport for the North says he wants to see a much better service to and from Scarborough train station from TransPennine Express.

The organisation is made up of representatives from 20 councils, which monitors public transport in the North.

It's after TPE has apologised for delays and cancellations over the past couple of weeks.

It's because of a lack of train staff, as they get trained to use the new Nova trains, which will come into service later this month.

We're hoping to speak to someone from TransPennine Express this week.

Don MacKenzie, who represents North Yorkshire on the board, said:

"Certainly as far as one of the operators are concerned, we have already questioned whether or not the franchise should be ended.

I don't think we're at that stage with TPE and indeed, there is this promise of much better to come and we don't want to lose that.

There are imminent new train sets coming online which is very good news.

But ahead of those coming to the Scarborough and Malton service, drivers are having to be trained and because they're being trained, they're begin pulled off current services and that is most unfortunate mainly North Yorkshire travellers are being let down."

He has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..


There are 2 comments on this page.

Midland, on 3rd December 2019 3:18pm
What also compounds the problem is also the late introduction of the additional Scarborough - York service by Northern, which I believe is a franchise requirement as well.

TPE are struggling with the training of crews for new trains, of which the Nova 3 is late, plus they have to run over a very congested route across the Pennines.

Should we also be chasing up Northern for their service as well as chasing TPE? Two operators on differing routes would help in the event of cancellation, plus competitions usually brings reduced fares as well.
JohnfromScarborough, on 3rd December 2019 5:53pm
Next Tuesday will be the fourth anniversary of the government announcement about the franchise agreement which promised a new hourly service between York and Scarborough to be operated by Northern. Has anyone seen anything from Northern about it since? I could find no reference to it on the company’s website.

So the position is that rather than two trains an hour the most we have is one an hour and quite often only one every two hours. Isn’t it time that the government told us what they are going to do to get this sorted?

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