Scarborough and Whitby Green Party

Call for improved service frequency for Scarborough and the Yorkshire Coast

8 December 2014

On 21st March 2014, the Department for Transport issued an invitation to tender for the East Coast Rail Franchise. It included four potential new destinations and a potential new route that Bidders may choose to serve. The four new destinations were

Huddersfield; Middlesbrough; Scarborough; and Sunderland (via Newcastle); and the potential new route was Harrogate (via York).

On 27th November the Department for Transport stated that the East Coast franchise was awarded to Inter City Railways, a consortium of Stagecoach and Virgin. The press statement stated there were plans for new direct links to Huddersfield, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Dewsbury and Thornaby along with proposals for more trains to London from Bradford, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Leeds, Lincoln, Newcastle, Shipley, Stirling, and York.

Scarborough failed to even get a mention in the press statement!

David Malone, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Scarborough and Whitby, said:

‘With Scarborough being identified as a suitable destination for a new service, it would have been expected that the new service to London would also call at Malton and Seamer. Like Scarborough, both have seen large increases in passenger numbers. Between 2002/2003 and 2012/2013 the combined number of passenger journeys from these three stations rose from 906,222 to 1,276,458, an increase of over 40% in 10 years.

'Scarborough has one of the best seaside railway stations in the country. Following the cut backs of the 1960’s many seaside railway stations were closed, demolished, rationalised or lost their character, but Scarborough was very lucky, with the infrastructure retained to upgrade train services should the need arise. It is well maintained and has well regarded staff. There have been improvements to Malton and Seamer stations in recent years and these have helped to fuel the revival in rail use.

'As the Scarborough railway line has missed out with the new franchise awarded to the East Coast Line, it is time to ask if the new Rail Franchise for the North of England, due to start in 2016, can lead to improvements to the current level of service to Scarborough from York during the day from hourly to half hourly. There should also be a regular hourly train service on the Scarborough to Hull railway line via Filey. This would help link this part of the Yorkshire Coast with York for the improved train services on the East Coast Line that we are now missing out on.’


Intercity East Coast Franchise Invitation To Tender

More Seats More Services and New Trains for East Coast Passengers

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