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The Thirsk Weekly News is a family-owned paper for Thirsk and the surrounding area


3rd February, 2024.

Trans Pennine Express trains has been holding its Stakeholder Conferences this week, in which it has been outlining plans for the future.

The company, as many of its passengers will know, has been having problems with staff recruitment and retention. (When I was waiting on Thirsk Station platform, one of their northbound services was delayed, for want of a crew)

Not that they are unique in having problems – my own train into York was cancelled after a breakdown.

Very little of any train companies rolling stock is still in the hands of their original lessees, so second hand and probably “out of guarantee”, and prone to unreliability!

There is good news though.

The project to replace the flights of steps connecting the car park, the road and the platforms has at last been approved.

The not quite so good news is that the work is unlikely to be completed for three years.

As a sweetener, the grassy bank separating the road from the main car park is to be dressed with wild flower seeds, as part of TPE's green agenda, and more importantly, the work of installing the electric vehicle charging points is to be completed.

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