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Railwatch 080 - July 1999


By Peter G Davies

Rail North MP Gwyneth Dunwoody attracted a large audience to the Rail North conference in Huddersfield on 27 March. Over 90 delegates heard from a series of distinguished speakers who dealt with the benefits and drawbacks of rail privatisation. Workshops on various aspects of rail campaigning were held during the afternoon session. The workshops included interviews with the media, rail campaigning at a local level, and a discussion "Where next for rail in the North?"

Settle and Carlisle The line celebrated the tenth anniversary since the announcement of the reprieve from closure in 1989.

Local transport plan Yorkshire RDS was invited to attend a local transport plan strategy meeting in Leeds. Delegates were allowed to put their views forward at various workshops, and the input from the meeting will be included in the draft plan which is to be produced in July.

Yorkshire TurbosMidland Main Line extended its network to serve more stations from the May timetable. Several existing stations will have their service frequency doubled. Services are to be extended further into Yorkshire, with Turbostar Trains operating to Meadowhall, Barnsley, and York. It will be the first time for 10 years that trains have operated directly from Barnsley to London.

Seating plan Northern Spirit is introducing Premier Class on its North TransPennine services from Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, and Hull to Liverpool and Manchester Airport. It remains to be seen whether or not this idea will be a success, and it will certainly not reduce the problem of overcrowding on the heavily used sections of the routes.

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