Northern Rail who are responsible for running the Esk Valley line connecting Whitby to the national network are proposing timetable changes that could extend travel times by up to 50 minutes. At a time when the government’s own ‘Plan for Rail’ white paper advocates encouraging people to use railways instead of cars, these timetable alterations will make it harder for people travelling to work beyond Middlesbrough, visiting Whitby and the North York Moors, or journeying on the national network.
Esk Valley Community Rail Partnership are worried that these timetable changes will not only be detrimental for people, including the elderly and those with disabilities, but it may further threaten the viability and sustainability of the last remaining railway connecting with the mainline.
The proposed timetable changes are currently out for public consultation, and we would urge you to have your say at: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/eastcoast22
Deadline Thursday 5th August
Labour believes a well-resourced public rail network that is affordable for people to use is essential for tackling the climate crisis and connecting our communities.