New rail service between York and Harrogate

A NEW morning rail service from York to Harrogate will be launched on Sunday.

The service which currently starts at Knaresborough will instead begin at York at 11.14am, providing an earlier Sunday morning service.

There will also be an earlier service from Harrogate to York at 10.48am, giving leisure travellers the opportunity to spend more time in both popular cities on a Sunday.

Richard Allan, area director for Northern Rail, said: “This is the latest improvement to services on the Harrogate line, following a new Saturday evening train from York and more seats and services on Sundays. Working with and listening to the local communities we serve helps us deliver passenger friendly improvements such as these and plan for future investment.”

Andrew Jones, the MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: “The increasing popularity of the Harrogate line is driving these changes to the Sunday timetable.

“It is good to see the growth of passengers being responded to so positively by Northern Rail with this new service. And a new service will encourage more people to use our railway.”

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10:34am Tue 14 May 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

What would really help is a later service back to York from Harrogate and Knaresborough. A last train at 2105 from Harrogate means it's impossible to visit the town (or Knaresborough) from York for the evening.
What would really help is a later service back to York from Harrogate and Knaresborough. A last train at 2105 from Harrogate means it's impossible to visit the town (or Knaresborough) from York for the evening. Ignatius Lumpopo

11:09am Tue 14 May 13

AngryandFrustrated says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
What would really help is a later service back to York from Harrogate and Knaresborough. A last train at 2105 from Harrogate means it's impossible to visit the town (or Knaresborough) from York for the evening.
Agreed - the last direct train back at 9.05pm is neither use nor ornament! I am sure that both towns would benefit from a later train both ways, even if it is only available on a Friday or Saturday night.

There are some fab places to eat in Harrogate because the restaurant chain culture which is actively encouraged ny CofYC is not as prevelant in H'gate and as a result there are some really good independent places to eat - The Tannin Level springs to mind as one.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: What would really help is a later service back to York from Harrogate and Knaresborough. A last train at 2105 from Harrogate means it's impossible to visit the town (or Knaresborough) from York for the evening.[/p][/quote]Agreed - the last direct train back at 9.05pm is neither use nor ornament! I am sure that both towns would benefit from a later train both ways, even if it is only available on a Friday or Saturday night. There are some fab places to eat in Harrogate because the restaurant chain culture which is actively encouraged ny CofYC is not as prevelant in H'gate and as a result there are some really good independent places to eat - The Tannin Level springs to mind as one. AngryandFrustrated

12:30pm Tue 14 May 13

BKKYorkshireboy says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
What would really help is a later service back to York from Harrogate and Knaresborough. A last train at 2105 from Harrogate means it's impossible to visit the town (or Knaresborough) from York for the evening.
I couldn't agree more IL! I live in York and work in Harrogate and I find it so annoying that the last train is at 9.05pm as if I go for a meal or a drink in Harrogate after work I can't have a decent night out as I have to rush to get the last train at 9pm. If there was an 10.05pm or even better an 11.05pm train on Fridays and Saturdays I bet it would be busy (and from York to Harrogate would be also).
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: What would really help is a later service back to York from Harrogate and Knaresborough. A last train at 2105 from Harrogate means it's impossible to visit the town (or Knaresborough) from York for the evening.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more IL! I live in York and work in Harrogate and I find it so annoying that the last train is at 9.05pm as if I go for a meal or a drink in Harrogate after work I can't have a decent night out as I have to rush to get the last train at 9pm. If there was an 10.05pm or even better an 11.05pm train on Fridays and Saturdays I bet it would be busy (and from York to Harrogate would be also). BKKYorkshireboy

2:48pm Tue 14 May 13

gavinfrost says...

The late and weekend services provided by Northern on the York-Harrogate line are archaic at best! Last services being around 9pm or 10pm either way - it's an utter joke!

The trains are shabby and usually filthy. In comparison to the Ilkey or Skipton services Harrogate is certainly second class.

I've lived in Harrogate 6 years and seen zero investment in the line. I really can't see what Andrew Jones MP has done to move Harrogate's rail links into the 21st century given that he's a member of the All Party Parliamentary Rail in the North Group.
The late and weekend services provided by Northern on the York-Harrogate line are archaic at best! Last services being around 9pm or 10pm either way - it's an utter joke! The trains are shabby and usually filthy. In comparison to the Ilkey or Skipton services Harrogate is certainly second class. I've lived in Harrogate 6 years and seen zero investment in the line. I really can't see what Andrew Jones MP has done to move Harrogate's rail links into the 21st century given that he's a member of the All Party Parliamentary Rail in the North Group. gavinfrost

6:49pm Tue 14 May 13

brummiebob says...

So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? You have to travel to Leeds and then on to Harrogate, a 2 hour journey, the service is dreadful, run for Northern Rail's convenience not the customer. Give it to some other company that want's to develop the route, both Harrogate and York suffer financially from this poor service, if later trains were available the theatres, bars and restaurants of both towns would benefit.
So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? You have to travel to Leeds and then on to Harrogate, a 2 hour journey, the service is dreadful, run for Northern Rail's convenience not the customer. Give it to some other company that want's to develop the route, both Harrogate and York suffer financially from this poor service, if later trains were available the theatres, bars and restaurants of both towns would benefit. brummiebob

8:02pm Tue 14 May 13

Mentos says...

So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do?

How many people fall into that category? Why not ask for your own personal carriage and train line come to that.
So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? How many people fall into that category? Why not ask for your own personal carriage and train line come to that. Mentos

8:21pm Tue 14 May 13

pedalling paul says...

Knaresborough is the present limit from Leeds of the West Yorkshire metro-sponsored services. Perhaps if York gets into bed with Leeds as is being currently mooted, we will get an ehnanced service eastwards to York.
Knaresborough is the present limit from Leeds of the West Yorkshire metro-sponsored services. Perhaps if York gets into bed with Leeds as is being currently mooted, we will get an ehnanced service eastwards to York. pedalling paul

11:50am Wed 15 May 13

PinzaC55 says...

Actually what would really help would be for the single line sections to be redoubled and for the level crossings to be replaced with barriers and colour light signalling. The opening hours for the line are largely determined by shift patterns for the signalmen and crossing keepers.
Actually what would really help would be for the single line sections to be redoubled and for the level crossings to be replaced with barriers and colour light signalling. The opening hours for the line are largely determined by shift patterns for the signalmen and crossing keepers. PinzaC55

8:21pm Wed 15 May 13

brummiebob says...

Mentos wrote:
So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do?

How many people fall into that category? Why not ask for your own personal carriage and train line come to that.
Retailers in Harrogate struggle to find employees, I work for a large retailer that runs 10% below full capacity simply because there just aren't enough applicants,, the unemployed in York could work in Harrogate if there was a decent rail link. No Mentos I don't want "my own personal carriage" I would like the transport infrastructure to encourage economic growth as it does in places like London, Manchester e.t.c.
[quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? How many people fall into that category? Why not ask for your own personal carriage and train line come to that.[/p][/quote]Retailers in Harrogate struggle to find employees, I work for a large retailer that runs 10% below full capacity simply because there just aren't enough applicants,, the unemployed in York could work in Harrogate if there was a decent rail link. No Mentos I don't want "my own personal carriage" I would like the transport infrastructure to encourage economic growth as it does in places like London, Manchester e.t.c. brummiebob

1:57pm Thu 16 May 13

BKKYorkshireboy says...

brummiebob wrote:
So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? You have to travel to Leeds and then on to Harrogate, a 2 hour journey, the service is dreadful, run for Northern Rail's convenience not the customer. Give it to some other company that want's to develop the route, both Harrogate and York suffer financially from this poor service, if later trains were available the theatres, bars and restaurants of both towns would benefit.
brilliant! Maybe a bespoke horse & carriage could take him?
[quote][p][bold]brummiebob[/bold] wrote: So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? You have to travel to Leeds and then on to Harrogate, a 2 hour journey, the service is dreadful, run for Northern Rail's convenience not the customer. Give it to some other company that want's to develop the route, both Harrogate and York suffer financially from this poor service, if later trains were available the theatres, bars and restaurants of both towns would benefit.[/p][/quote]brilliant! Maybe a bespoke horse & carriage could take him? BKKYorkshireboy

8:24pm Sat 18 May 13

brummiebob says...

BKKYorkshireboy wrote:
brummiebob wrote:
So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? You have to travel to Leeds and then on to Harrogate, a 2 hour journey, the service is dreadful, run for Northern Rail's convenience not the customer. Give it to some other company that want's to develop the route, both Harrogate and York suffer financially from this poor service, if later trains were available the theatres, bars and restaurants of both towns would benefit.
brilliant! Maybe a bespoke horse & carriage could take him?
What size yoke do you need, donkey?
[quote][p][bold]BKKYorkshireboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brummiebob[/bold] wrote: So if you live in York and have to be at work in Harrogate on Sunday morning what do you do? You have to travel to Leeds and then on to Harrogate, a 2 hour journey, the service is dreadful, run for Northern Rail's convenience not the customer. Give it to some other company that want's to develop the route, both Harrogate and York suffer financially from this poor service, if later trains were available the theatres, bars and restaurants of both towns would benefit.[/p][/quote]brilliant! Maybe a bespoke horse & carriage could take him?[/p][/quote]What size yoke do you need, donkey? brummiebob

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