Train passengers on the right track

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RECORD numbers of travellers in Scarborough are taking to the train to beat the recession blues.

Services from Scarborough on the Bridlington to Hull line have seen more than 300,000 extra passengers use the train in the last 12 months.

The increase – calculated at 26.7 per cent – comes as passengers try to save cash in the wake of rising fuel costs and traffic jams.

David Walford, Humber region rail development manager, said he was delighted with the figures and the growing popularity of rail travel.

He said: “More people are travelling on the railways than at any time since the First World War.

“And there were more railway lines then.”

“All rail passenger routes across our region have increased over the past 12 months and have very high levels of reliability and punctuality.

“The fact that these further increases come at the height of a recession suggests customers find the rail services efficient and cost-effective, compared to using motor transport.”