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New late-night trains launched from this May

070271; in Ryedale week 2; pic taken by db 11 Jan 07

070271; in Ryedale week 2; pic taken by db 11 Jan 07

New late-night train services to Malton are set to be launched later this year from York, the Malton and Pickering Mercury can exclusively reveal.

From May 18, an extra two trains – at 9.57pm and 10.42pm – will head to the town from York, with the last service arriving into Malton station at 11.05pm.

Revellers, music lovers and culture vultures say they will benefit from the later trains, which they claim will allow them to catch shows without having to spend extra money staying over in the city.

Music lover Nicole Marie said: “I think this is a really good idea, we’ve needed later public transport for a long time.

“Personally, as somebody who has a love of live music, I can see that this could be very helpful in allowing people to enjoy evenings out in York more frequently.

“However, with many events ending at around 11pm it would be even more beneficial if they had one more train running at around 11.30pm, or spreading out those two times a little more, as many people may think they might not have enough time to make an evening of it.”

First Transpennine Express, the operator behind the new trains, say that there will be an extra 2,000 seats a week from May to Malton from York.

But commuters could be facing a headache after the firm admitted it was scrapping the rush-hour 6pm service from York to Malton from May 19.

Those unable to catch the 5.24pm train from York will have to wait over an hour for the next service to Malton, which leaves at 6.40pm.

It means workers leaving the office at 5pm who are forced to use the trains to commute could have to wait over two hours to get
home.

 

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