Yorkshire train journeys that last longer than 100 years ago

A number of Yorkshire train journeys are slower today than they were a century ago in the days of steam trains, Yorkshire Live analysis found.

Transport for the North (TfN) chief David Hoggarth said it was “sad but true” that many train trips take longer than in Edwardian times.

After a TfN meeting last week revealed that trains from Leeds to Bradford are two minutes slower than in the early 1900s, YorkshireLive extracted a copy of April 1910 of the timetables from the Railways Guide to Bradshaw to investigate the matter further.

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The differences are stark – Edwardian commuters could get from Bradford to Wakefield in as little as half an hour, but these days the fastest service between towns takes 48 minutes according to National Rail schedules.

West Yorkshire has suffered particularly when it comes to travel times.

Huddersfield to Bradford is now 10 minutes slower than the fastest service in 1910, as is the Dewsbury to Bradford journey.

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Although many services improved – particularly between Leeds and Sheffield, which took an hour and nine minutes in April 1910 – others stagnated.

Scarborough to York, for example, is a 50 minute trip – the same amount of time an Edwardian traveler would appreciate.

TfN official Mr Hoggarth said slower travel times were “a fact on both sides of the Pennines”.

He blamed stagnant schedules on speed constraints caused by old train lines, as well as changing service shutdown patterns.

“This is another reflection of the fact that a lot needs to be done to level the rail supply,” he told YorkshireLive.

A Northern train near Colton Junction in North Yorkshire

Sad but true that a number of travel times in the north of England are slower today than they were in the days of the Steam. “

While it is hoped that planned projects like Northern Powerhouse Rail and High-Speed ​​2 will create new lines with faster journeys, Mr Hoggarth said it is also important that old rail lines are upgraded for improve travel times.

We believe that significant improvements in travel time can be made, often at relatively modest expense, simply by incorporating an agreed-upon process for travel time improvement work to be undertaken alongside other rail work ”, did he declare.

In some cases the time savings can be as high as 16% and all are greater than 5%. “

Targets in Yorkshire include the roads between Doncaster and Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, as well as between Scarborough and York.

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We hope to be able to say more about this work in the near future, with Network Rail, but the first signs that this work could make a real difference are very encouraging, “said Mr Hoggarth.

The analysis comes days after the Prime Minister said he was “absolutely determined” to implement the Northern Powerhouse Rail program as a whole, touting a “huge investment” in the region’s railways during a visit to Birstall.

Reports in the Sunday Express last week claimed that the planned project would not include a new line between Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, which angered transport chiefs.

But Mr Johnson declined to know if a new line would include a stop at Bradford, saying: “I will have to tell you where the stops will be.”

Northern leaders are still awaiting the long overdue integrated rail plan that will set the government’s vision for rail across the UK.

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