Worries over changes to rail services

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Concerns are being raised over potential changes to Scarborough’s train services which could have a major impact on commuters and visitors.

Under proposals from the Government the town could lose its direct services to Manchester Airport and West Yorkshire, with people being forced to change at York to head on to other destinations.

The proposals are now out to consultation, with it being suggested that Scarborough could move from a TransPennine service to a Northern Rail franchise.

It also adds that there are no plans to electrify the Scarborough to York stretch of line. Meaning diesel trains will be required for journeys.

Councillor Derek Bastiman has said that Scarborough Council and North Yorkshire County Council will both be sending comments to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin regarding the TransPennine line.

He said both councils were worried about moves which could result in passengers have to change trains at York en route to West Yorkshire and the Pennines.

Cllr Bastiman added: “The train links are good though could benefit from an additional carriage being included because of the number of passengers now travelling to and from the coast. Good roads and rail services are crucial to aiding the Borough Council’s vision to regenerate the Yorkshire Coast by 2020.”

on Monday the borough council’s Labour leader, cllr Colin Challen, will also present a motion to the Council calling on it to oppose the changes.

He said: “We call upon the Department for Transport to invest in better rail services to Scarborough and its neighbouring resorts.”

What is being proposed:

• A Scarborough to York diesel service where people would change to go to Manchester or London
• A Scarborough to Leeds diesel service
• A Scaborough to Blackpool North service via Bradford and Halifax. This would require the move to a Northern Rail service
• A through Scarborough route via the North TransPennine route which would require a diesel service under the wires to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport or Liverpool.
• To view the document and to respond visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises