FOR once, Yorkshire’s sporting and cultural weekend of the year – the Ashes Test, Leeds Festival, Ebor Festival, Challenge Cup final, Leeds West Indian Carnival and many other events – is set to be blessed by glorious Bank Holiday weather.
If only this sunny optimism could be shared by rail passengers who, because of, frankly, short-sighted timing and very poor communication, face massive disruption as a result of the East Coast Main Line being shut between King’s Cross and Peterborough.
York alone expects 2,000 fewer spectators for the £1m Sky Bet Ebor – Flat racing’s historic handicap – and the racecourse, together with other event organisers, have had to fight hard to ensure some semblance of a service remains. As such, the onus is now on Network Rail – and the train operators – to make sure there are sufficient staff on hand at key stations to assist and advise travellers. Nothing less will do on Yorkshire’s big weekend.