Emma Hardy, the MP for Hull West and Hessle, has called on TransPennine Express to provide a truly express service between Hull, Manchester and Liverpool.
In a question to the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, Emma welcomed the fact that there was greater connectivity between smaller towns but berated the lack of an express service.
By downgrading the Hull to Manchester service to a stopping service, TransPennine are adding an extra six stops to the service which will dramatically increase the time that it takes to get to Manchester.
Emma has previously backed Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce’s request for a meeting in Hull with the Managing Director of Transpennine Express to discuss the slower transpennine service being proposed for Hull from May. She is working closely with Hull North MP Diana Johnson and they have a joint meeting with the Hull Chamber of Commerce and TransPennine on Friday 9th March.
Alongside the fact that it will be decades before Hull sees any improvements to our rail infrastructure, it is totally unacceptable to Hull passengers and our business community that Hull will soon be seeing a slower Transpennine rail service. This is not an ‘improved’ service.
Commenting, Emma said: “The downgrading of the Transpennine Express’ service to Hull to a ‘stopping service’ is completely unacceptable. It is a positive step forward that the government is moving to help connect small local communities but it is vital that Hull also has an express service to cities like Liverpool and Manchester.
“We cannot continue with a post code lottery on rail and road spending in the UK, northern cities need to be connected and the government needs to act to make sure they are sooner rather than later.”