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Opposition grows over threat to rail links

Beverley Town Council has joined the chorus of protests against Northern Rail’s plans to scrap the direct rail links connecting Beverley to Doncaster and Sheffield. The council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the plans, saying the changes to the 2018 timetable would unacceptably ‘harm and inconvenience the town’. It also called on Northern Rail to implement a full public consultation over any future changes that would affect Beverley.

Beverley Town Council expressed its dissatisfaction at the lack of public consultation at the proposed changes, saying that despite committing to consult ‘stakeholders’, the Town Council had not been formally asked to have its say on the suggested changes that could come into force from next May.

As previously reported by Beverley FM, more than 400 people signed a petition launched by East Riding Councillor Denis Healy, objecting to Northern’s plans and subsequently East Riding Council’s environment and regeneration sub-committee unanimously called on the rail company to scrap the proposal. A representative from Northern Rail has since told the committee they will take into account the views of the public before any final decision is made.