Rail passengers can now go "Roman" from York to Carlisle on Saturdays this summer - thanks to the introduction of a new train service by Arriva Trains Northern.

The service provides the first direct train linking the two historic Roman cities. Running over the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line, which provides spectacular views, the service will offer greater opportunities to travel and is expected to bring a welcome boost to tourism on the line over the coming months.

The new Saturday service will depart from York at 9.06am and arrive at Carlisle at 12.14pm, calling at Leeds, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Kirby Stephen and Appleby on route.

The return train, which will call at the same stations, will depart from Carlisle at 3.32pm and arrive into York at 6.52pm.

Updated: 10:00 Friday, May 28, 2004