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Leeds Festival revellers urged to avoid the strikes

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1:31pm 22nd August 2011

First TransPennine Express trains are potentially on strike on Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th August and if this goes ahead, this will affect Leeds festival goers travelling on lines into both Leeds and York.

Festival Republic is working closely with First TransPennine Express to get up to date information as advice for festival goers.
 
The lines that may be affected are those operated by North TransPennine and South TransPennine and include routes from Hull, Cleethorpes, Middlesbrough, Durham, Darlington, Scarborough, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster.
 
Should the strike go ahead, First TransPennine Express tickets already purchased on these routes will be accepted by alternative train operators wherever these exist on the same lines - which is on the vast majority of routes.
 
Geldards Coaches will run a new shuttle bus service from York railway station direct into the festival site on Wednesday from 12pm until 7pm to help festival goers reach the festival site. Should the strike go ahead on Friday also, Geldards will also run a shuttle bus from York railway station direct into the festival site from 9am in the morning to 7pm.
 
The following information has been put in place as a guide to alternatives should the strike action happen:
 
Services from and via Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds via Huddersfield.

A reduced service of one train per hour non peak will run on this line operated by First TransPennine Express. These trains however will be double capacity to normal size to cope with additional numbers. For the full timetable please see http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/industrialaction.  

Those who have not already purchased tickets via First TransPennine Express could consider travelling instead on the route run by Northern Rail from Manchester Victoria to Leeds.

National Express have a regular service from Manchester to Leeds coach station along with Huddersfield to Leeds via Sheffield.

There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.

Services from Liverpool to Leeds

Customers travelling from Liverpool to Leeds will need to use Northern or East Midlands services from Liverpool and change at Manchester Piccadilly for an onward connection. No First TransPennine Express services will run from Liverpool Lime Street.  Please then see further information on services from Manchester to Leeds above.

National Express have a regular service from Liverpool to Leeds coach station.
There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.
 
Services from Windermere to Oxenholme and on to Leeds via Manchester

There is no service at all by train from Windermere to Oxenholme via Staveley and Kendal.

The 555 bus runs from Windermere to Kendal and then we would suggest a short cab ride to Oxenholme.

First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted on services from Oxenholme on Virgin trains along this route. Additionally First TransPennine Express will be running 4 services from Oxenholme to Manchester on both strike days.

National Express have a service from Windermere via Preston to Leeds.

There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.
 
Services from Barrow In Furness to Manchester via Lancaster

First TransPennine tickets will be accepted on Northern trains along this route.

From Manchester to Leeds see above.

National Express have a daily service from Lancaster.
 
There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.
 
Services from Blackpool North to Preston and on to Manchester

First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted on Northern Rail trains along this route.  From Manchester to Leeds see above.

National Express have a regular service from Preston and a daily service from Blackpool to Leeds.

There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.
 
Services from Scarborough to Leeds via York

There will be no service at all by train from Scarborough to York should the strike go ahead.

Yorkshire Coastliner run buses throughout the day every hour from Scarborough to York Railway Station starting at around 9am and finishing at around 10pm. www.coastliner.co.uk

Geldards Coaches have confirmed they will put on additional shuttle buses from York to the festival site on Wednesday running regularly from lunchtime through the afternoon and early evening to help festival goers reach the festival site.
National Express have a regular service from Scarborough to Leeds coach station and York.

There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.

Services from Hull to Leeds via Selby

First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted on First Hull Trains / Northern Rail. A regular service between Hull and York is operated by Northern and First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted.

National Express have a regular service from Hull to York or Leeds coach station.
There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.
 
Services from Sheffield to Leeds

Sheffield to Leeds trains via Northern Rail and Cross Country are unaffected.
National Express have regular services from Sheffield to Leeds coach station.
There are shuttle buses from Leeds coach station (and railway station) straight to the festival site running frequently from around 8am to around 9pm Wednesday 24th August and from 8am to around 10pm on Friday 26th August.
 
Services from Newcastle via Durham, Darlington or from Middlesbrough and Northallerton to Leeds or York

First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted on Cross Country and East Coast trains which run along the same lines.

Geldards Coaches have confirmed they will put on additional shuttle buses from York to the festival site on Wednesday 24th August running regularly from lunchtime through the afternoon and early evening to help festival goers reach the festival site.

National Express have regular services from Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough to Leeds.
 
Services from Cleethorpes via Scunthorpe, Doncaster and Sheffield and onto Leeds

There is no service at all by train from Cleethorpes to Doncaster via Scunthorpe.
Doncaster to Leeds services via East Coast trains are unaffected and First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted.

Additionally Northern Rail operate between Scunthorpe and Sheffield and First TransPennine Express tickets will be accepted on these services.
 
For more information on the reduced timetable run by First TransPennine if the strike should go ahead please visit http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/industrialaction
 
To book National Express coach tickets please visit www.nationalexpress.com
 
National Express are running special festival coaches direct into the festival site on Thursday 25th August from Birkenhead, Liverpool, Darlington, Durham, Manchester, Middlesborough, Newcastle, Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hartlepool, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stockport, Stockton on Tees, Stockton on Trent, Sunderland, Warrington. Please visit www.nationalexpress.com/readingleedsfestival

For more information on train timetables in general please visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/  

Yorkshire Coastliner tickets can be booked via www.coastliner.co.uk

Please do check for the latest situation before you travel and have a safe journey.

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