Rail passengers urged to check before they travel as TransPennine Express plans timetable changes

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Rail passengers are being urged to check before they travel as timetable changes come into effect on lines across the region.

TransPennine Express (TPE) is currently running around 80 per cent of its pre-Covid-19 services, many with extra carriages to support social distancing. Bosses say that, although this will remain unchanged for most services, there will be some changes to train times in December, and customers are asked to plan ahead.

From December 14, TPE will continue to provide an hourly service from Manchester Airport to Redcar, and Liverpool to Newcastle which will now additionally call at Lea Green. A service between York and Scarborough will now run hourly, eliminating some two-hour gaps that had existed previously.

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The Manchester Piccadilly to Cleethorpes service will be enhanced to run hourly and elsewhere, the Manchester to Hull, Leeds to Huddersfield, and Huddersfield to Manchester services continue to run hourly. The Edinburgh to Manchester service continues to run two hourly, with just occasional services through to Glasgow Central.

Rail company TransPennine Express is making changes to its timetable in DecemberRail company TransPennine Express is making changes to its timetable in December
Rail company TransPennine Express is making changes to its timetable in December

Commenting on the changes, Jerry Farquharson, Service Planning Director for TransPennine Express said: “We continue to focus on providing a consistent and reliable train service for those that need it and customers can feel confident when travelling with us.

“Our team has been working incredibly hard to provide a service that is as safe as possible, from running more trains to delivering the extensive cleaning programme that is in place onboard our trains and at stations.”

“Customers travelling by train are reminded to check before they travel, buy before they board, travel outside peak times where possible, respect social distancing and wear a face covering.”

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For the most up to date information about travelling by train visit: tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/corona-virus-travel-info

The latest TPE timetables can be viewed at: tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/timetables

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