Created: 29 November 2018
Andrew met with Northern Rail last Friday to discuss their planned improvements to rail services operating on the Hull to Sheffield and Doncaster routes through Goole, along with the campaign for improvements on the greatly under-utilised Goole-Snaith-Leeds line.
Northern Rail informed Andrew that the much-hated pacer trains will shortly be gone for good from this line. From May, the Hull-Sheffield route which services Goole will see newly refurbished Class 170 trains operating on it as part of a new 'Northern Connect' service. These trains will be three coaches long and have air-conditioning and USB charging points and new seating.
Andrew said, “This will be good news for local passengers who, like me, are probably sick of the old and battered trains we currently have serving our route. These trains are dated, the seating is often in a poor state and the ride on the pacer trains is very uncomfortable.
“The other service serving Goole every hour is the Doncaster stopping service which is also going to see newly refurbished Class 158 trains rolled out from next year too. That means that by the end of next year both hourly services on this route should be greatly improved from a comfort point of view!
“We also discussed the Goole to Leeds route which I am keen to get Northern Rail involved in improving. I am now working with the local campaign group set up for this as we all believe there is much unmet demand on this line.
“Northern Rail were keen to explore this too and I have arranged for them to attend a meeting with East Riding Council to discuss this. They made clear to me that as the route serves East and West Yorkshire it will need all the Councils to work together to access the Government funding available to improve underused routes.”