Posted by TomIrvin on

The Arriva Northern Franchise agreement is published below:


I copy a couple of relevant excerpts below:

until the Barton-on-Humber Transfer Date, the Passenger Services that are required to be provided by section E7 of TSR1 (as set out
in Schedule 2 of this document)


1  Route Description
1.1 Services shall be provided between Cleethorpes and Barton-on-Humber calling at Grimsby Docks, Grimsby Town, Great Coates, Healing, Stallingborough, Habrough, Ulceby, Thornton Abbey, Goxhill, New Holland and Barrow Haven.
1.2 Limited Stops shall be provided at New Clee
1.3 Reasonable endeavours shall be made to ensure Connections at Barton-on-Humber with the bus service to and from Hull via the Humber Bridge.

2 Frequency
2.1 Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays
Between and including the Early and Late Services, nine services shall be provided.  
Provided that an alternative service is operated from Habrough with all regular calls to arrive Cleethorpes no later than 0815, then the Early Service from Barton-on-Humber may terminate at Grimsby Town.  
2.2 Summer Sundays
Between and including the Early and Late Services, four services shall be provided.
2.3 Winter Sundays
No service required.

3  Limited Stops
New Clee
(a) Four services on Mondays to Saturdays shall call between 0800 and 1600.
(b) Three services from Cleethorpes and two services from Barton-on-Humber on Summer Sundays shall call.

Early and Late Services
Early Service arrives at destination no later than:
Cleethorpes to Barton-on-Humber
0715 (Sat)
1115 (Summer Sunday)

Barton-on-Humber to Grimsby Town
0745 (M-F)
0745 (Sat)
1215 (Summer Sunday)

Habrough to Cleethorpes
0815 (M-F)
0815 (Sat)
1215 (Summer Sunday)

Late Service departs no earlier than:
Cleethorpes to Barton-on-Humber
2030 (M-F)
2030 (Sat)
1730 (Summer Sunday)

Barton-on-Humber to Cleethorpes
2115 (M-F)
2115 (Sat)
1830 (Summer Sunday)

Maximum Journey Times
Cleethorpes to Barton-on-Humber
49 minutes (Mon - Sat)
50 minutes (Sunday)

Barton-on-Humber to Cleethorpes
54 minutes (Mon - Sat)
55 minutes (Sunday)


Note I have largely reformatted sections 4 and 5; the message board didn't like the table provided by the DfT.

Posted by Anthony Berridge on

It's good that Northern are providing a significantly better service for New Clee than that specified in the franchise agreement 'cos the Government's requirement is rather stringent for this particular station.  We'll have to keep a close eye on this point if and when the time comes for the transfer to East Midlands.

Posted by TomIrvin on

A further section of the franchise agreement has been released by the government and is viewable here:


Arriva Rail North must be Tembers of the CRP until the branch is transferred to the East Midlands franchise.


The only other section of significant relevance to us that I have found concerns the transfer to the East Midlands franchise. I have copied it below:


Barton-on–Humber Transfer

19.7 The Franchisee shall, from the Barton-on-Humber Transfer Date and at the request of the Secretary of State:

(a)assign, novate or surrender its rights under the Station Leases applicable in respect of the following Stations. The terms of any such assignment, novation or surrender shall be as set out in paragraph 3.2 of Schedule 2.2 (Security of Access Agreements, Rolling Stock Leases, Station and Depot Leases). For the avoidance of doubt, any request by the Secretary of State as contemplated in this paragraph 19.2(b) shall not amount to a Change:

(i) Barrow Haven;



(iv)Great Coates;

(v)Grimsby Docks;



(viii)New Clee;

(ix)New Holland;


(xi)Thornton Abbey; and

(xii)Ulceby; and

(b)from the date of any such assignment, novation or surrender of rights, the aforementioned stations shall cease to be Stations for the purposes of the Franchise Agreement. The Franchisee shall not object to any application made

by the EMT Franchisee under the Ticketing and Settlement Agreement to become the Lead Operator in respect of the Compulsory Inter-available Flows comprised in the Proposed Start Date Franchise Remapping described in paragraph 19.1(a)(i).

19.8The provisions of paragraphs 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 of Schedule 15.1 (Reletting Provisions) shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the proposed remapping of the passenger services contemplated under paragraph 19.2(b) and the transfer of the Stations as required under paragraph 19.7 as if the proposed remapping and transfer were a reletting of the Franchise Agreement.

19.9The Franchisee shall co-operate and engage constructively with the Secretary of State and the EMT Franchisee in relation to the proposed remapping of the passenger services contemplated under paragraph 19.2(b) and the transfer of the Stations as required under paragraph 19.7.

19.10 Class 153 Vehicle

(a)By no later than the Barton-on-Humber Transfer Date the Franchisee shall, as contemplated in note E of table 1 (Original Rolling Stock) set out in Schedule 1.7 (The Train Fleet), cease to lease one Class 153 rolling stock vehicle used by it for the provision of the passenger services (“Class 153 Vehicle”).

(b) The Franchisee shall ensure that any Rolling Stock Lease in relation to the Class 153 Vehicle entered into as at the Start Date are on terms which allow it to comply with the requirements of paragraph 19.10(a) without the need to obtain any further consent or approval of the lessor under such Rolling Stock Lease."

Posted by TomIrvin on

By the way, there is no prize for finding the spelling mistake in the excerpt. It is a very lengthy document, I would not be surprised if I have missed something, so if anybody wants to have a look through I would be grateful.

Posted by HumberTransport on

I'm not sure if this is new or not, but the current anticipated transfer date is 4th March 2018. I could be making this up, but I had thought the remapping was going to take place in 2017

"specifies that the Franchisee shall cease to be responsible for the provision of the Passenger Services between Barton-on-Humber and Cleethorpes from the date of commencement of the EMT Franchise (such date currently anticipated to be 01:59 on 4 March 2018)"

Posted by TomIrvin on

The East Midlands franchise was extended for a year, hence the transfer was put back so as to take place at the same time as the new East Midlands franchise.