1. Objectives: To monitor, to promote and to seek
to improve rail services and facilities within the areas administered by
Kingston upon Hull City Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, both
unitary authorities. The
Association does this by making representations to and by dialogue with the
Train Operating Companies (TOCs), Network Rail, the Public Transport and
Forward Planning Officers of the Local Authorities, Passenger Focus, the
Department for Transport (DfT) Rail Group, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR),
the local British Transport Police (BTP), Railfuture nationally and through its
Yorkshire Branch, and the press and media. Contact is also made with interested parish and town
councils, MPs and local councillors when appropriate. The Association also has working relationships with other
voluntary organisations concerning rail travel for disabled passengers and
cyclists, public transport generally, and the environment.
2. Administration: The Association is a
voluntary organisation and is administered by Officers and a Committee elected
at an Annual General Meeting in June.
3. History: The Association was formed as the
Hull & District Rail Users’ Association following a well attended public
meeting in the Civic Hall at Cottingham on 21st March, 1988. Around the time there were rumours of a
possible closure of the Hull – Scarborough line and a notice of proposed
closure of the Anlaby (‘Cricket Ground’) curve in Hull. Both are still operational! Almost immediately the Association was
also actively involved in a campaign to have the railway swing bridge over the
Ouse at Goole repaired. It had
been badly damaged and closed following a collision by a ship but BR took three
months before they decided to go ahead with repairs (after a promise of local
authority financial support).
After a period of inactivity between 1994 and 1995, the Association was
relaunched in June 1995 as the Hull & East Riding Rail Users’ Association
with an extended remit to cover the whole of the areas of the two, then new,
unitary local authorities.
4. Meetings: Occasional public meetings may be
arranged at venues within Hull and the East Riding. Details are advised to members and to the local press and
media. The Committee normally
meets on the evening of the second Tuesday of the months of January, March,
May, July, September and November.
The Annual General Meeting is normally held in Hull on the afternoon of
the first Saturday of June. All
members are advised of the date, time and venue of the Annual General Meeting
and are invited to attend. Members
who are not members of the Committee or who are not Station Representatives may
attend meetings of the Committee, but they will not normally be sent notices or
papers relating to these meetings except on request. Information concerning the dates, times and venues for
meetings of the Committee may be obtained from the Secretary. Committee meetings normally begin at
6.45 pm when held in Hull.
5. Membership: Membership is open to all,
particularly those who are users of rail services within Hull and the East
Riding areas. All members
are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Association, to pass on
information and details of experiences, good or bad, about railway facilities
and journeys, timetables, fares and punctuality, and to put forward ideas to
improve and promote services.
6. Subscriptions: The current annual full
subscription is £5. A
reduced rate is available for those aged 18 and under who are in full-time
education. A corporate membership
is available for companies and organisations sympathetic to the aims of the
Association. The current corporate
subscription rate is £20 for one year and £50 for three years.
7. Newsletter: All members receive a periodic
8. Affiliations: The Association works in
conjunction with neighbouring rail user groups and is affiliated to the
Yorkshire Branch of Railfuture (the campaigning name of the Railway Development
Society). It is a member of the
Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership. It is also represented on the Yorkshire & the Humber
Transport Activists Roundtable and on the Crime Reduction Panel of the British
Transport Police at Hull.
9. Useful Telephone Numbers:
National Rail Enquiry Service (NRES) – for
enquiries about all national train services, fares and tickets:
08457 48 49 50 (lo‑call rate) (24 hours daily).
Northern Rail – for comments, complaints and
enquiries concerning Northern Rail services: 0845 600 1159 (Customer
Helpline; lo-call rate). For
Access/Disabled Information/Cycle Assistance: 08456 008 008. Serco and Ned Railways (Dutch) jointly
operate the Northern Rail franchise.
From Hull, Northern Rail services operate to and from Beverley,
Bridlington and Scarborough; Brough, Selby and York; Brough, Goole, Doncaster
and Sheffield; and from Goole, to and from Knottingley, Castleford and Leeds
(infrequent service, two weekday trains westbound, one weekday train
eastbound). Northern Rail services
also operate between Barton-on-Humber, Grimsby and Cleethorpes. A weekday half-hourly bus service 350
(‘Humber FastCat’) connects Hull Paragon Transport Interchange and Barton rail
station via the Humber Bridge. The
service, between Hull and Scunthorpe, is jointly operated by Stagecoach and
East Yorkshire Motor Services.
First TransPennine Express – for
comments concerning TransPennine Express services: 0845 600 1671 (Customer
Relations; lo-call rate). For lost
property: 0845 600 1672. For Assisted
Travel: 0800 107 2149. For Group
Travel/Cycle Reservations: 0845 600 1674.
FirstGroup and Kéolis jointly operate the TransPennine Express
franchise. From Hull, TransPennine
services operate to and from Brough, Selby, Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester
First Hull Trains – for enquiries concerning First
Hull Trains services, fares, tickets in advance and seat reservations: 08450
710222 (08.00 – 22.00 weekdays, 08.00 – 18.30 weekends and Bank Holidays) (lo-call
rate). FirstGroup hold a controlling
interest in Hull Trains. Hull
Trains operates seven trains per day each way (five on Saturdays and Sundays)
between Hull, Brough, Howden, Selby, Doncaster, Retford (some services),
Grantham and London (King’s Cross).
East Coast – for enquiries concerning East
Coast services, fares and tickets and seat reservations: 08457 225 225 (lo‑call
rate) (08.00-20.00 Mon-Sat, 10.00-20.00 Sun); for assisted travel:
08457 225 225 (select option 2, then option 5; 08.00-20.00 Mon-Sat,
10.00- 20.00 Sun). East Coast is
the new (November 2009) operator of the East Coast Main Line franchise. From
Hull, East Coast operates one train per day to and from Brough, Selby,
Doncaster and London (King’s Cross).
British Transport Police – to
report railway crimes and vandalism: 0800 40 50 40 (freephone).
Train Tracker – for up to the minute times for
today’s trains: 0871 200 4950.
10. Useful Internet Sites:
Northern Rail – www.northernrail.org First Hull
Trains – www.hulltrains.co.uk
First TransPennine Express – www.tpexpress.co.uk
East Coast – www.eastcoast.co.uk
CrossCountry Trains (Arriva) – www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
East Midlands Trains (Stagecoach)
Network Rail – www.networkrail.co.uk National
Rail (online booking) – www.nationalrail.co.uk
Chester-le-Track (online booking, many links
and much more, based at Chester-le-Street station, County Durham) - www.chester-le-track.co.uk Train Line (online booking) – www.thetrainline.co.uk
Railtourer (42 Kingston Road, Willerby, Hull
HU10 6BH) (local charter train and tour operator) – www.railtourer.co.uk
Green Express Railtours (66
Stonegate, Hunmanby, Filey YO14 0PP) (local charter train and tour operator) – www.greenexpressrailtours.co.uk
Granger, 3 Peaseholme, Hessle HU13 0HY.
Secretary: Tony Ross,
53 Inglemire Lane, Cottingham HU16 4PE. (Tel 01482-842150. E‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Treasurer and Membership Secretary: David Pennie, 16 Arlington
Avenue, Cottingham HU16 4DP. (Tel
Press Officer: Eddie Parker, 6 St Nicholas Road, Beverley HU17
The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer together comprise an
The Committee meets every two months and consists of the
Officers of the Association, together with the following members:
J Ian Booth, 3 Lynngarth Avenue, Cottingham HU16 4LJ
Richard Walton, c/o Gelder and Kitchen, Maister House, High
Street, Hull HU1 1NL.
Brian Witty, 8 Pickering Road, Hull HU4 6TL
Together with station representatives who are able to
Individual members may become ‘Station Representatives’,
monitoring the facilities at and rail services to and from stations within the
Hull and East Riding areas.
Scott, The Gatehouse, Watton, Driffield YO25 9AH.
Parker, 6 St Nicholas Road, Beverley HU17 0QT.
Appleby, 2 Wayside Crescent, Bridlington YO16 4BB.
Hall, Casa Di Tresan, Broomfleet, Brough, East Yorkshire HU15 1RJ.
Granger, 3 Peaseholme, Hessle HU13 0HY.
Booth, 3 Lynngarth Avenue, Cottingham HU16 4LJ.
Taylor, 54 St John’s Road, Driffield YO25 6RS.
Bell, 15 Parklands Drive, North Ferriby HU14 3EU.
Dargan, 23 Grosvenor Road, Goole DN14 6UT.
Granger, 3 Peaseholme, Hessle HU13 0HY.
Ridley, Derwent Cottage, 40 Main Street, Bubwith, Selby YO8 6LT.
Crossland, 25 Station Road, Nafferton, Driffield YO25 4LS.
Walton, c/o Gelder and Kitchen, Maister House, High Street, Hull HU1 1NL.
All station representatives are invited but not obliged to
attend Committee meetings, and are asked to report items worthy of the
attention of the Committee.
Updated and reissued: AMR 07/11/11