Rail operator TransPennine Express is advising customers across the North to check their journeys and allow extra time to travel as it brings in an amended timetable.
The revised timetable, which will be implemented from Monday 10th January 2022, will mean changes to services across all TPE routes and will see services reduced to provide a greater level of certainty for customers.
The amended plan is being brought in due to disruption being caused by increased levels of sickness and the ongoing impact of COVID and the Omicron variant, as well as some industrial relations issues.
Among the changes are alterations to it's trains to and from Scarborough with the Scarborough to Manchester Victoria/Liverpool Lime Street hourly services being replaced with a Scarborough to York hourly service, with additional peak time extensions to/from Leeds.
- The revised timetable for Scarborough to York services is here : Scarborough to York Revised Timetable
- The revised timetable for York to Scarborough services is here : York to Scarborough Revised Timetable
Matthew Golton, Managing Director for TransPennine Express said:
“While we are disappointed to be making these changes and reducing services, our priority is keeping people moving and providing a greater level of certainty for our customers.
“We are sorry for any disruption this may cause to journeys and call on our customers to allow additional time for travel and to check carefully –for any changes to train times.
“We will continue to regularly review these changes in line with the current situation.”
The company says that delays and cancellations are possible in the next few days before the new timetable is introduced.
"Due to a shortage of available train crew as a result of rising sickness levels, predominately driven by the Omicron variant of Covid-19, along with industrial relations issues and the Government’s advice to work from home where possible - we will be introducing an amended timetable from Monday 10th January 2022. This amended timetable will provide a stable and reliable service for those customers who are travelling with TransPennine Express.
Until the amended timetable comes into operation from Monday 10th January 2022, services across our network over the coming days may be subject to delays and short-notice cancellations due to the lack of available staff."
TransPennine Express will be operating the following services as part of their amended timetable:
North TransPennine route:
- Newcastle – Liverpool Lime Street, a service every hour in each direction
- Redcar Central – Manchester Airport, a service every hour in each direction
- Hull – Manchester Piccadilly, a service every hour in each direction
- Scarborough – Manchester Victoria/Liverpool Lime Street hourly services will be replaced with a Scarborough – York hourly service, with additional peak time extensions to/from Leeds
- Leeds – Huddersfield and Huddersfield - Manchester stopper services will continue to operate hourly
South TransPennine route:
- Cleethorpes/Sheffield – Manchester Piccadilly/Airport will operate hourly in the AM and PM peaks and every two hours in the off-peak period
- Edinburgh Waverley – Manchester Airport, a service every two hours in each direction
To enable rolling stock maintenance and stabling, the last service of the day between Sheffield – Cleethorpes will operate as a rail replacement bus service
More information on the changes can be found here: https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/amended-timetable
Customers are advised to continue to allow extra time and check before they travel via the TPE website. Services on weekends may be different due to engineering works taking place.
An enhanced cleaning programme remains in place across all TPE services and customers are reminded of the need to wear a face covering, unless exempt, when using the train or at the station.