New Spanish-built trains are starting to be introduced by TransPennine Express and Northern

Rail travel

Getting around by train in Yorkshire


Yorkshire is well connected by train services, easing visits across many parts of the region as well as making Yorkshire a great centre for exploring other parts of Britain.

Many different operators run trains in the region (see below) although a common ticketing system operates through National Rail, run by the Association of Train Operating Companies.

More cancellations

TransPennine Express has further extended a programme of cancellations from the timetable it introduced in December.

Initially planned to run to January 5, then January 25, the latest date now given is February 1.

The cancellations are mostly to Liverpool to Edinburgh via Yorkshire services but the whole-route cancellations also have the effect of at times leaving gaps in service of around half an hour on busy stretches of the line such as between Huddersfield and Leeds.


National Rail also runs a rail enquiry service and journey planning website covering all its companies' services. A link to this is provided at the foot of the page.

Which are Yorkshire's busiest railway stations? See our Railway stations page.

Which places in Yorkshire will save time with HS2? See The HS2 Effect page.

The Yorkshire region also has a splendid selection of preserved and steam railways. These are not only great for those delighted by a bit of nostalgia, but can be quite useful transport for days out to some of the most scenic parts of Yorkshire which might otherwise lack regular public transport. For more details see our Heritage railways page.

Rail operators in Yorkshire

Cross Country


Britain's longest rail journeys from Plymouth to Aberdeen and Penzance to Glasgow cross Yorkshire together with services from Southampton to Newcastle.

Journeys cross Yorkshire via York - Leeds - Wakefield Westgate - Sheffield or via York - Doncaster - Sheffield.

The services provide trains northwards to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle on the way to Scotland and southwards through Derby, Birmingham and Bristol or Reading and Oxford.

Cross Country is part of Arriva - a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn.

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019
Satisfaction scores:
Overall 86% (81%, 86%, 83%, 88%);
Value 54% (55%, 50%, 57%, 55%);
Punctuality/reliabilty 86% (76%, 83%, 81%, 86%);
Crowding 63% (62%, 67%, 62%, 72%);
Stations 86% (86%, 86%, 87%, 89%);
Delays 54% (48%, 46%, 51%, 62%).
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017) score in brackets.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.

Most EMR services are currently running in a rebadged livery of the previous franchise operator

East Midlands Railway

Regular services operate between Sheffield and London St Pancras via Chesterfield, Derby and Leicester. An early morning service and late evening return is extended to Leeds via Wakefield Westgate.

East Midlands Trains is part of Abellio - part of the Dutch state-owned railway company.

Abellio has been awarded the franchise until 2027.


(Before August 18, 2019 the franchise was operated by the Stagecoach Group as East Midlands Trains.)

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019 (previous franchise operator)
Satisfaction scores:
Overall 86% (84%, 87%, 85%, 89%);
Value 50% (44%, 50%, 54%, 51%);
Punctuality/reliabilty82% (74%, 82%, 79%, 88%);
Crowding 73% (70%, 73%, 71%, 76%);
Stations 84% (85%, 85%, 88%, 89%);
Delays 46% (47%, 55%, 53%, 52%).
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017) score in brackets.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.


Grand Central


Two routes connect Yorkshire with London King's Cross. One route from West Yorkshire is Bradford Interchange - Halifax - Brighouse - Mirfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Pontefract Monkhill - Doncaster to London. The other route is from Sunderland, Hartlepool and Eaglescliffe in the North East calling at Yorkshire stations Northallerton - Thirsk - York on the way to London.

Grand Central is part of Arriva - a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn.

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019
Satisfaction scores:
Overall 89% (94%, 95%, 96%, 94%);
Value 67% (77%, 74%, 74%, 78%);
Punctuality/reliabilty 82% (91%, 89%, 93%, 96%);
Crowding 76% (80%, 82%, 93%, 88%);
Stations 84% (85%, 86%, 89%, 84%);
Delays 63% (77%, 56%, 76%, 81%) .
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017) score in brackets.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.
Transport Focus note that Grand Central (previously a consistent high scorer) may have been hit by weekend engineering work in the Spring 2019 survey.

Hull Trains


Several trains a day operate to London King's Cross on the Hull - Brough - Howden - Selby - Doncaster route in Yorkshire, continuing via Retford and Grantham on the East Coast Main Line. One journey a day each way is extended from Hull to Beverley in East Yorkshire.

Hull Trains is part of First Group, a public limited company based in Scotland.

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019
Satisfaction scores:
Overall 90% (91%, 87%, 95%, 97%);
Value 63% (60%, 65%, 67%, 65%);
Punctuality/reliabilty 84% (84%, 82%, 87%, 95%);
Crowding 75% (82%, 77%, 85%, 89%);
Stations 86% (91%, 87%, 89%, 87%) ;
Delays 69% (59%, 61%, 72%, 67%).
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017) score in brackets.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.

The first new Azuma train in passenger service at Leeds

London North Eastern Railway

London North Eastern Railway Ltd (LNER) took over services on the East Coast Main Line from Virgin Trains East Coast from June 24, 2018.

Regular services operate from Yorkshire to London King's Cross station via the East Coast Main Line. Yorkshire stations served by regular trains are Northallerton, York, Leeds, Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster.

There are also services from Hull, Brough , Selby, Harrogate, Skipton, Keighley, Bradford Foster Square and Shipley.

Heading south there are trains stopping at Retford, Newark North Gate, Grantham, Peterborough and Stevenage.

Heading north from Yorkshire there are regular services from Doncaster, York and Northallerton and a train from Leeds. Northern destinations include Darlington, Durham and Newcastle, and stations to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

London North Eastern Railway Ltd is a publicly-owned company set up by the Department for Transport.

(Previous operator Virgin Trains East Coast was a Stagecoach Group and Virgin joint venture.)

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019
Satisfaction scores:
Overall 89% (87%, 87%*, 92%*, 91%*);;
Value 57% (61%, 60%*, 63%*, 60%*); ;
Punctuality/reliabilty80% (79%, 78%*, 87%*, 86%*);;
Crowding 80% (77%, 80%*, 83%*, 81%*);
Stations 88% (91%, 86%*, 92%*, 90%*);
Delays 55% (52%, 61%*, 66%*, 63%*).
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018*, Autumn 2017*, Spring 2017*) score in brackets. * Results for service operated by Virgin Trains East Coast.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.


Northern

Northern operates regular local services stopping at all National Rail stations and halts across Yorkshire and the north of England.

Northern is operated by Arriva Rail North - a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn.

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019
Satisfaction scores:
Overall 78% (72%, 80%, 81%, 83%);
Value 55% (54%, 57%, 57%, 57%);
Punctuality/reliabilty 72% (65%, 77%, 77%, 83%);
Crowding 71% (69%, 74%, 71%, 76%);
Stations 79% (77%, 80%, 83%, 84%);;
Delays 40% (31%, 41%, 47%, 42%).
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017) score in brackets.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.

Transpennine Express

Regional express trains are operated regularly from Liverpool, Manchester Airport and Manchester stations across Yorkshire to the Yorkshire coast, North East England and North Lincolnshire.

Yorkshire stations served include Batley, Brough , Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dore & Totley, Garforth, Greenfield, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Malton, Marsden, Meadowhall, Middlesbrough, Mirfield, Morley, Northallerton, Scarborough, Slaithwaite, Seamer, Selby, Sheffield, South Milford, Thirsk, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm and York.

Transpennine Express is operated by First Group, a public limited company based in Scotland.

Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey Spring 2019
Satisfaction scores
Overall 83% (73%, 86%, 81%, 86%);
Value 55% (48%, 57%, 57%, 60%);
Punctuality/reliabilty 65% (59%, 77%, 74%, 82%);
Crowding 59% (54%, 69%, 58%, 65%);
Stations 84% (82%, 85%, 86%, 88%);
Delays 48% (36%, 53%, 49%, 51%).
Previous (Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017) score in brackets.
Green - improved, White - same, Amber - slightly worse, Red - worse, compared with average of last four surveys.


Heritage railways

See our page dedicated to Heritage railways normally operated by steam or classic diesel locomotives, which are not part of the National Rail network.


More information

Further details of trains on the National Rail network can be found at its enquiry website:

National Rail   National Rail Enquiries and journey planner (external link).

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