Transport officials concern rail services between York and Newcastle might be cut – as a result of the East Coast Main Line has develop into too full.
They are asking Transport for the North, the sub-national physique overseen by mayors and council leaders, to battle towards attainable cuts to services run by Transpennine Express (TPE).
Trains north of York, which cease at Darlington, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh, might be cut to only one per hour, down from the same old service of two per hour.
The menace is revealed in a report by officials offered to Transport for the North’s rail committee.
It highlights plans to extend services run by London North East Railway, which join the North East with London.
Because each rail operators use the East Coast Main Line, rising one service might imply that one other must be cut, the report says.
It warns: “There is constrained capability on the East Coast Main Line north of York and presently there may be inadequate capability to accommodate a seventh prepare on this part of route.
” Thus, trade-offs are being thought-about by the trade and there may be concern from North East Authorities that it might not be attainable to run the second TPE prepare per hour that usually runs on this a part of the route.”
A session on service modifications in anticipated to start early this 12 months, and Transport for the North will issued a proper response as soon as as soon as that begins.
But the officials recommend the authority ought to “help the North East in strongly selling the retention of two trains per hour on TPE’s North East services.”
Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the East Coast Main Line, mentioned: “The congested part of observe between York and Newcastle is an actual bottleneck on the East Coast Main Line which critically holds again our capability so as to add new routes.
“I and cross-party colleagues on the All Party Group on the East Coast Main Line have raised this difficulty with the Government many, many instances and Network Rail have known as for the reopening of the Leamside line to offer much-needed reduction. Unfortunately we seem to be no additional ahead.”
Transpennine Express referred requests for a remark to Network Rail. Network Rail mentioned it was a matter for the Department for Transport.