More frequent train services through Bridlington

Bridlington Train Station
Bridlington Train Station

Train passengers in Bridlington are set to receive a major boost after it was announced hourly services would return.

By December 2017, a new franchise operator will have took control of the Scarborough to Hull line, running 12 services every day.

That means there will be double the number of Sunday services, with an extra three daily during the week.

Hunmanby transport campaigner Nick Harvey said the extra services will improve connections with the rest of Yorkshire, especially the 2017 Capital of Culture Hull.

And he said it is “great news for local people, businesses and the tourist trade”.

“This will be a marked improvement from the current nine trains a day which run at irregular times.

“With a regular hourly frequency it will enable connections to be made into Trans Pennine services at Seamer, which likewise runs every hour to places like York, Leeds and Manchester.

“The service on the railway line between Scarborough and Hull now has the potential to be speeded up.

“This is because, currently most trains wait for another train to pass in Bridlington station as the line is only single track line between Hunmanby and Bridlington. A speeded up journey time will make the train even more attractive.

“Instead with a regular timetable, north and southbound trains can be timed to pass each other on the double track section of railway line that still exists between Hunmanby and Filey.”

The three firms in the running to take over the new Northern Rail franchise are Abellio Northern, Arriva Rail North and Govia Northern.

And the return of the “lost” trains to Bridlington mark the culmination of a 26 year campaign.

In 1991, the number of trains were slashed from 13 to nine amid a raft of service reductions. Following uproar, an extra commuter train was added but that was axed in 2006.