Tony Sudbery commented (Letters, May 8) on the forthcoming unwelcome changes to the TransPennine Express pedal cycle reservation policy.

The new requirement to reserve at least 24 hours in advance is useful when confidence is needed for things like holiday plans.

However, walk-up requests to carry cyclists will become impossible from later this month.

Tony may be assured that cycle campaigners from across the north are making their views on this felt. We will be talking face to face with TransPennine at the next Cycle Rail for the North forum, to be held near Manchester on June13.

The Rail Delivery Group, which is the umbrella body for UK train operators, has been consulted by us, as well as some local MPs who will doubtless approach the Department for Transport (DfT). Cycling UK will be making their own formal representations.

While there is little that we might achieve short term, we are mindful that several franchises are coming up for renewal.

Also, new technology for on-board reservations, already used by some train operators for on-the-day seat reservations, could be rolled out nationally for walk-up cycle space requests.

We hope to persuade the DfT to enshrine this in the next generation of franchise renewals.

Paul Hepworth,

Cycling UK North Yorkshire,

Windmill Rise, Holgate, York