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Train bosses 'got it wrong' with timetable changes

A boss at train company TransPennine Express has told the BBC he's not proud of the service over the summer.

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Paul Watson, who is the operations manager at the firm, says he hopes the new timetable will improve it.

Passengers between York and Scarborough have suffered months of delays and cancellations.

There's also been chaos on Northern services across the north.

"Clearly we got it wrong and the service didn't operate as we wished", Mr Watson said.

"We're determined to get it right."

Storm Ali: Fallen trees hit rail services across North West

There are transport issues across the region caused by Storm Ali with a number of trees blown down across railway lines.

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No TransPennine Express services are operating between Preston and Scotland, after a train hit a tree near Gretna.

A spokesperson for TransPennine Express said no-one was hurt but no services will operate between Preston and Scotland for the rest of the day.

Anyone with tickets for today will be able to use them tomorrow.

Virgin Trains also said there is disruption on services between Preston and Carlisle as a speed restriction is in place because of high winds.

In Liverpool, a tree hanging close to overhead wires is causing issues between Liverpool Lime Street and Edge Hill stations.

Northern said fewer trains are able to run on some lines as a result.

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Mayors force train company turnaround

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A revamp of North East commuter rail services that would have meant short term cancellations and cutbacks have been scuppered by a coalition of Northern mayors.

TransPennine Express had planned to introduce an interim timetable on 15 October which would have seen a number of services to Teesside scrapped altogether until Christmas.

It was part of a move to ease problems in the North West but they have reversed their decision in the face of a cross party attack.

There are now promises of a new services which would give Teesside a direct rail link with Manchester.

Pennine rail upgrade 'major disruption'

Commuters on TransPennine trains will face five years of major disruption during a planned £2.9bn upgrade of the route, a leaked letter has revealed.

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The letter from Network Rail to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said there would be line closures for 39 weeks a year from 2020 until 2024.

The project would eventually cut journey times between York, Leeds and Manchester and boost capacity.

The Department for Transport said it would keep disruption to a minimum.

Yorkshire MP quizzes Pennine passengers on rail disruption

A West Yorkshire Labour MP is taking to the rails this morning to talk to passengers after a summer of disrupted train journeys.

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Colne Valley's Thelma Walker will travel across the Pennines to Stalybridge, as part of a campaign to improve train journeys for passengers.

An inquiry into widespread rail disruption following timetable changes has been launched.

It will identify what led to the failed introduction of new schedules and make recommendations "before any future major network changes," the Office of Rail and Road said.

Disruption to passengers, especially on Northern will be examined.