Hull Trains has said that its timetables will return to pre-pandemic levels in December.
The rail operator says it made the decision after the numbers of passengers returning to rail travel increased in recent months.
The rail operator’s confidence has increased so much, it says, it will be running trains at its highest levels ever – with 94 services running from 12 December, increasing on the previous record of 92.
Managing director David Gibson described the changes as “a significant milestone for Hull Trains as we grow back to recovery and beyond.”
From 12 December, an additional service will be introduced on Sundays to match the six already offered on Saturdays. A seventh will become part of the regular weekday timetable and ten-car operations will commence on Fridays and Saturdays to provide additional capacity in time for Christmas travel and the general growing demand ahead of 2022.
Hull Trains described the height of COVID-19 as being one of the most challenging periods in its 21-year history. Services, it said, were suspended on three occasions during the pandemic with no financial support from government as an open-access operator.
David Gibson said: “We are welcoming back loyal passengers, as well as enticing new passengers to rail. Our trains are some of the most modern and environmentally friendly on the rail network and we are determined to provide safe, reliable and comfortable journeys.
“Delivering the highest levels of service ever offered by Hull Trains will allow us to break back to profitability and drive the business forward strongly and with confidence.”