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Rail protesters victorious

A protest over controversial plans to axe direct rail services from Beverley to Doncaster and Sheffield has led to the proposal being abandoned. Northern Rail had begun consultations that would have seen all services on the Hull to Scarborough line start or finish at Hull when new timetables are introduced in May 2018. Currently it’s possible to join a train Beverley and continue through to Doncaster or Sheffield for connecting services.

Beverley councillor Denis Healy launched a petition after learning of the plans, saying it would add 25 minutes to journey times for anyone from Beverley travelling to South Yorkshire because of the enforced change of trains at Hull. More than 500 people signed the petition and Councillor Healy said Northern had now done “the right thing” by scrapping their proposals.

Pete Myers, stakeholder manager for Northern, said: “After consultation with our stakeholders in East Yorkshire we have retained the connection from the Wolds Coast Line to Doncaster and Sheffield, thus allowing for connections to longer distance services from these places. Our timetable is currently with our colleagues from Network Rail for ratification and it will be early next year before we get the detailed times of trains etc; but the above principle of a cross Hull connection between Bridlington, Beverley and Doncaster, Sheffield remains as it does currently.”