More Esk Valley Line trains will be coming to Whitby from December.
Following a long campaign by the Esk Valley Community Rail Partnership, Northern Rail is planning more trains year round in both the early morning and later in the evening.
“This will transform the rail service on the Esk Valley line” says Partnership Chairman Alan Williams, “providing for the first time services for both commuters and the growing evening economy in Whitby”.
The Partnership has proposed a new early morning departure from Whitby to arrive in Middlesbrough before 8.30am.
Together with later evening services, this will enable commuting or other day trips by rail to Darlington, York and Leeds, or even further afield to Manchester and Newcastle, and provide much better access to the new station at James Cook Hospital throughout the day.
When the new direct LNER Azuma service from Middlesbrough starts soon, a day trip to London and back by rail will be possible for the first time.
The new train service is the first stage of the Community Rail Partnership’s plan, part funded by Sirius Minerals, to bring a two hourly train service to the line once Network Rail has completed necessary infrastructure and other improvement works.