Train changes will not affect school commuters

A Northern Rail train at Whitby station
A Northern Rail train at Whitby station

This week’s Whitby Gazette features an article entitled ‘New train times will ‘destroy’ service in town’.

The article was taken from a press release issued to the Whitby Gazette by the train drivers’ union ASLEF.

The release should have clarified that the changes were in relation only to Sunday operating times, not the service throughout the week.

However, Northern Rail have explained that in partnership with the Esk Valley Railway Development Company, North Yorkshire Moors Railways, local authorities and the DfT, the services that would normally operate between May and September from Whitby to Middlesbrough (four services on a Sunday where previously there was none), will be extended until 3 November.

Stuart Rands, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern Rail, comments: “We are delighted to be able to offer more opportunities for passengers to experience the Esk Valley by rail this year. It’s a popular leisure journey for many people across the region, and so will be a welcome extension to the usual timetable and we will be announcing the start date of the services very soon.”