Transport Secretary set to visit our region to discuss train chaos

TransPennine Express, York station
TransPennine Express, York station

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is set to travel to our region to discuss ways to end the rail disruption which continues to plague passengers across Yorkshire.

MP for Thirsk and Malton Kevin Hollinrake will be meeting the Transport Minister in his constituency on Friday.

The Conservative MP alongside his colleague and neighbouring MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, wrote to the Minister earlier this week asking him to take action and calling for a Parliamentary debate to discuss possible solutions to end the rail chaos.

MP Kevin Hollinrake said: "Passengers using TransPennine Express to and from Manchester, Leeds, York, Malton, Filey and Scarborough are still experiencing serious delays and cancellations.

"We are asking TransPennine Express to give us a set of statistics such as the number of trains that have been delayed in the last few weeks, to understand the current situation and see if the improvements that we were promised are actually happening."

MP Robert Goodwill said: "It's good that the Secretary of State is coming to visit. The current situation is unacceptable and it's all down to this new timetable, which frankly is a disaster.

"My constituents' interests are the same as Kevin's so I'm sure that he will make the Minister aware of what's happening."

A spokesperson from TransPennine Express said: “We recognise that there is still more that needs to be done however we have seen notable improvements to our service in recent weeks. We continue to work with our partners including Network Rail on train regulation in the York area.”