TransPennine Express begins new timetable with more trains – capacity is reduced however

TransPennine Express Class 802 departs York
Credit: Langton Photography

TransPennine Express have begun operating their new timetable in line with the Government’s request to increase the number of train services.

Whilst there is an increase in train services, capacity on each train has been reduced. There is a maximum of 20 seats per carriage available for passengers. TPE will also be implementing seat markers on trains to help guide passengers to where they can sit.

Other measures are being put in place to help protect passengers from the coronavirus. This includes the introduction of two-metre markings on floors.

TransPennine Express Class 68 at Scarborogh
Credit: Langton Photography

TransPennine Express are now operating the following services:

  • Hourly service between Liverpool and Newcastle
  • Hourly service between Hull and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Hourly stopping service between Leeds and Huddersfield
  • Hourly stopping service between Manchester Piccadilly and Huddersfield
  • Hourly service between Manchester Airport and Redcar Central
  • Two-hourly service between Cleethorpes and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Two-hourly service between Manchester Airport and Edinburgh
  • Shuttle service between York and Scarborough

Additionally, there is a limited TPE service between Newcastle and Edinburgh, Liverpool Lime Street and Preston, along with Glasgow and Carlisle.

TransPennine Express Class 68 departs York
Credit: Langton Photography

Liz Collins, Interim Managing Director for TransPennine Express, commented: “From next week, we will begin running more services to allow key workers and those making essential journeys to get where they need to be. However, to adhere to social distancing, there will be a significant reduction in capacity on our services with a maximum of 20 seats available for customers per carriage. With this in mind, we would like customers to follow the Government advice and only travel on our trains if they have no alternative way of travelling. Please can those customers who are using our services currently, also check the new timetables before they travel on our website and make sure you plan ahead before starting your journey.”

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