NEWS RELEASE- 2nd
AND MORE TRAINS TO HARROGATE!
here for PDF with more in-depth details)
See update 5/03/15
been many important announcements and planned developments affecting rail
Harrogate since our previous Bulletin No 12 in September
2014. The summary below highlights the key items of news and the relevant
files or weblinks.
Click here to download a more detailed paper . The relevant files can
be provided by e-mail on request.
TAKE OVER EAST COAST MAIN LINE FRANCHISE
East Coast will operate two-hourly direct services each way between
Harrogate and London Kings Cross from May 2019 using the new Inter-City
Express Programme (IEP) Trains. This means six or seven direct trains a day
each way, seven days a week, including an earlier arrival into Kings Cross
before 09.00 – just as we campaigned for
2. NORTHERN FRANCHISE
bidder for the Northern franchise is required to operate many more train
Harrogate from December 2017. The specification includes at least three
trains each hour during the morning and evening peaks and four each hour
between 10.00 and 16.00 on weekdays and Saturdays, i.e. double the current
two per hour off-peak. Sunday services should also be doubled from one to
two each hour between 10.00 and 19.00 between Knaresborough and Leeds.
They are also
required to upgrade the rolling stock and replace all the Pacers with new
trains by 2020.
EXPRESS FRANCHISE SPECIFICATION
The DfT noted
the aspiration for direct TPE services between
Manchester Airport but did not stipulate such services in the ITT. It will
be up to the bidders to make such proposals if they wish.
4. ELECTRIFICATION UPDATE
Electrification Task Force of MPs, local authority Leaders and Network Rail
was originally due to report to the Secretary of State by the end of 2014
but we now understand that it is going to publish its recommendations early
in March 2015.
TransPennine electrification is reported to be running behind schedule and
the DfT has just stated that there are “uncertainties about the timing and
outputs” about the upgrading project. This likely to create some delay in
the design and construction of the Harrogate Line electrification
RAIL LINK ASSESSMENT FLAWED
has challenged several technical details in the Consultant’s assessment of
alternative surface access links to the Airport. Furthermore the assessment
takes no account of very high capital costs of a new line with new stations
and new rolling stock, compared with making use of the existing Harrogate
Line services which only requires a new station – and no new track or new
assessment appears to ignore the fact that the existing Harrogate Line
services are already fully resourced in terms of on-train and on-track
staff, whereas the proposed new line would require new staff on the new
trains and the new track and any new stations.
Harrogate Line is on the Government short list for electrification, it would
be logical to maximise the use of this investment which could provide a 15
minute frequency service between Leeds City Station and the Airport. The
proposed direct rail link with a 30 minute frequency would require new paths
into Leeds Station and through Armley and Shipley Junctions which are
currently not available.
Bulletin is being sent to over 200 members of the Harrogate Line Supporters
Group. Please feel free to forward it to other interested parties and then
encourage anyone who uses Harrogate Line to send me an e-mail expressing
their views and requesting to be added to the mailing list in future.
Please send me details of any relevant news or views concerning the
has been compiled in haste from numerous sources in order to get the good
news out quickly. Some of the operating details may change when the new
Franchise operators take over.
Thank you for
your vital support for this voluntary effort to influence the future of the
LINE, led by Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce and the
Harrogate Line Supporters Group.
and comments are always welcome. Please make it clear whether they are for
circulation to the Group or sent in confidence for internal use in our
Brian L Dunsby
HARROGATE LINE SUPPORTERS GROUP.
P O Box 888, Dept HT13, HARROGATE HG2 8UH
Tel: 01423 879208 Fax: 01423 870025
Mobile: 07836 537512
documents for more details:
relevant document files or web links to them can be sent by e-mail on
Transformation of rail travel in the north with web links
TransPennine Express Rail Franchise Stakeholder Briefing Document &
Franchise 2015 Invitation to Tender
Express Franchise 2015 Invitation to Tender
Requirements – Northern Franchise 2017 & 2019
Requirements – TransPennine Franchise 2017
letters between SoS and PS regarding replacement of Pacers
Harrogate Line Objectives 7b
Harrogate-London Direct Services v9b
Airport Parkway Station + Benefits for Leeds City Region
Parkway Assessment Final.doc