Train operators and Network Rail must step up for Yorkshire’s big weekend - The Yorkshire Post says

Attendance at the Ebor Festival is likely to be hit by disruption on the East Coast Main Line this weekend.
Attendance at the Ebor Festival is likely to be hit by disruption on the East Coast Main Line this weekend.

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.

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The East Coast Main Line will be shut between King's Cross and Peterborough this Saturday and Sunday. Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

The East Coast Main Line will be shut between King's Cross and Peterborough this Saturday and Sunday. Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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Huge crowds always attend the Ebor festival to watch, amongst others, superstar jockey Frankie Dettori who won the Great Voltigeur Stakes earlier this week on Logician.

Huge crowds always attend the Ebor festival to watch, amongst others, superstar jockey Frankie Dettori who won the Great Voltigeur Stakes earlier this week on Logician.