13th February 2009

Northern Rail today announced it has submitted plans to run more services between Hull and Scarborough from December 2009.

The new timetable would mean an improved weekday timetable after 3pm and the extension of the current summer Sunday services to year round. This will more than double the number of Northern Rail services available for customers on Sundays, the biggest improvement for over 10 years.

Northern Rail has been working closely with Community Rail Humber and East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire County Councils to understand the transport needs of the region and develop a timetable that will help meet these requirements.

The extension of the summer Sunday timetable by six weeks last year was the first stage of this planning process and the partners are now looking to build on this success by maintaining the level of service year round.

Subject to approval, the new timetable will provide improved transport links for business and tourist traffic helping to boost the local economy.

Steve Butcher, Area Director, Northern Rail said: “We believe our proposed timetable will bring real benefits to passengers and the wider communities along the Wolds Coast line. I would like to thank Community Rail Humber and East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire County Councils for their hard work and support in getting these proposals to this stage.”

David Walford, the Rail Development Officer for Community Rail Humber is delighted with the proposals. “This will give the area’s economy a real boost, as the benefit to the tourist industry could be considerable. We are grateful to Northern Rail for working closely with the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership to promote the line and take account of our requests to look at these additional services. With a continued package of station improvements, I know that passengers will welcome these changes.”

The proposals have been submitted as part of the industry timetable planning process. Northern Rail expects to hear whether the proposals have been accepted in July.