Timetable in shreds as dozens of trains cancelled


Timetable in shreds as dozens of trains cancelled

Travel disruption is continuing in Grimsby and Cleethorpes today after TransPennine Express cancelled at least 17 trains to Cleethorpes on the first day of its new timetable.

As of last night, 74 trains across the network which were expected to run today had been cancelled with this figure growing rapidly.

In a statement issued by TransPennine Express blamed a combination of strike action and “higher-than-normal sickness levels” for the ongoing problems.

It continued: “Some TPE services may still face ‘on-the-day’ challenges, resulting in short-notice cancellations or service amendments made on a day-to-day basis. We are sorry for any disruption that this may cause to journeys in the coming days and ask you to allow additional time for travel and to check carefully – up to the last minute – for any changes to train times.”

Back in October a spokesperson told Gi Grimsby News that the TransPennine Express team would be working “flat-out to deliver higher levels of service delivery and to tackle the issues that are being experienced by customers.”

Sadly, little has improved since.

Customers have reacted with frustration over the ongoing issue, labelling the operator ‘unfit for purpose’.

Rail replacement services have been arranged for a limited number of services. Tickets are also being accepted by several other operators.

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