***** Update from First TransPennine Express regarding the landslide at Hatfield and Stainforth *****
First TransPennine Express is announcing that from Saturday 25th May a Saturday only rail service will operate between Sheffield and Cleethorpes via a diversionary route known as the Brigg Line.
This is as a result of normal train services not being able to operate between Doncaster and Cleethorpes due to the landslide at a colliery at Hatfield and Stainforth. Network Rail are continuing to work to restore this line although they are estimating that the line will not re-open until early September.
FTPE have and continue to meet with local stakeholders and business organisations and recognise the potentially damaging effect to the resort of Cleethorpes with no rail service in operation.
The Brigg line is not a normal operating route for FTPE and as such both FTPE trains have had to be cleared to operate on the route and FTPE staff have had to be trained on it. This process of training takes six days per driver.
The Brigg line is also now extremely congested. It previously had 40 freight trains a day operating on it and this has now increased to over 100 as a result of the closure of the line at Hatfield and Stainforth. These freight trains are moving around 30% of the U.K.s coal needs and thus it is vital to maintain freight operations.
However FTPE is now in a position to confirm that one train into Cleethorpes and one train out of Cleethorpes will operate from Saturday 25th May.
- Service commences from Sheffield at 1030
- Service arrives into Cleethorpes at 1213
- It will consist of a 3 car Class 185 train with a seating capacity of 181
- The return train will leave Cleethorpes at 1811
- It will arrive back into Sheffield at 1958
- Both the inward and outward train will call at
*Please note neither the inward or outward train will call at Doncaster or Scunthorpe
- Seat reservations available now online at www.tpexpress.co.uk
- FTPE will continue to operate the bus replacement service that is currently in place between Doncaster and Cleethorpes and Doncaster and Scunthorpe.
- Additional management staff are at stations helping with passenger movements
FTPE are putting in place a 2 for 1 ticket offer both on the replacement buses and the Saturday rail service. This is scheduled to be available for Saturday 25th May on walk up fares.
FTPE Managing Director Nick Donovan said,
"We are pleased that from the end of May we are able to offer a Saturday rail service between Sheffield and Cleethorpes. We know how important tourism is to the historic resort of Cleethorpes and we have worked hard to ensure that we are able to bring as many day trippers and holiday makers into the resort as possible.
"Network Rail are working as quickly as possible to restore a normal train service through Hatfield and Stainforth, although this is a challenging and time consuming task. We have therefore trained our drivers, had our trains cleared for use and found an opportunity to run a train via a different route.
"This is great news for passengers and Cleethorpes and we hope our 2 4 1 offer will also attract more people into the resort.
"We will of course be continuing to operate our 40 replacement bus services and will continue to provide additional staff at stations. My team is also looking forward to meeting representatives from Cleethorpes council to discuss how we can support the marketing and promotion of this great British seaside town."