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No Immediate Changes To Yorkshire Coast Train Operator

No Immediate Changes To Yorkshire Coast Train Operator

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 31st January 2020.

Scarborough's MP has been giving his reaction to Northern being stripped of its franchise.

Earlier this week we told you that the company will cease to operate and will be taken over by the Government in March.

The announcement was made by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

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Northern runs routes between Scarborough and Hull as well as between Whitby and Middlesbrough.

Robert Goodwill said:

"Nothing's going to happen overnight; but we're going to put more investment in.

Grant's made it quite clear that he wants to make the trains cleaner, and that's something we can do quite quickly.

We need to hire more drivers, so we don't have cancellations; and we also need to make sure that the pacer trains, we finally do take those out of service and that we can then roll out all the new trains that are being delivered.

People rely on services to take them to work, take them for a hospital appointment etc, and if a train's late or not there at all, that's really not acceptable.

Most mornings I check, even if I'm not using the train, I check the Scarborough departures to see which trains are being cancelled, which trains are running late, because the overall performance for both TransPennine and Northern has been completely unacceptable."

Robert's been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

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There are 5 comments on this page.

Whitbyman, on 31st January 2020 8:43am
Just listened to Goodwills full interview and one thing stood out , the government are looking to remove the guard from northern trains , mind you he did say if the driver or guard is sick then the train can run, how without a driver is beyond me.
Removing the guard means no one is on the train to help , no one is on the train to keep vulnerable people safe , no need to buy a ticket anymore as there is no one to check it, this subject is why guards have fought a long battle with strikes etc to keep trains safe etc and Goodwill cares so much about is constituents that he’s advocating making us all a lot less safe when travelling on trains, way to go Robert.
zara, on 31st January 2020 9:23am
i thought guards had already been removed? As for not buying a ticket there are checks done and you get penalised if you do not have one. Of course it would help if the ticket machines at the unmanned stations actually worked properly!! Although i do think guards are needed the strikes were only penalising the customers not the bosses but the unions did not care about that.
Whitbyman, on 31st January 2020 9:39am
No Zara guards have never been removed from northern trains , another point is this , if the driver becomes incapacitated who is going to protect the train , call for help. As for strikes the only thing working men and women can do is withdraw their labour. It inconveniences customers in the short term but protects them in the long term as was proved when northern rail commutes to keeping guards on trains. As for tickets machines they only work if people put money in them , if there is no guard there is no check as there is no one to check , how many do you think would pay when they know they’re not going to get checked ?
Fileyman, on 31st January 2020 12:08pm
Does Goodwill think we are all idiots.
We all know that it will take years and not months or weeks to get the trains back on course.

I'm sure those who have waited hours for a train because of cancellations and those who are packed like sardines on a train will be ecstatic because the train is clean.

I notice Goodwill never mentions that a lot of the problems are not down to one or two operators but are the fault of rail track for continued delays in track maintenance and over running delays on weekend track works.

Whitbyman, on 31st January 2020 3:31pm
Also the fault of successive governments as they cancel project after project like electrification in the north.

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