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OVERCROWDING on trains travelling between Manchester, Leeds and Hull could be eased after additional services were announced.

First TransPennine Express is proposing to run an additional train every hour between Manchester and Leeds which could help relieve overcrowding on the busier sections of the Cleethorpes to Manchester route.

Isle MP Andrew Percy has welcomed the news and has been in contact with the train company to discuss the plans in more depth.

Proposals still need to be finalised but the aim is to provide more seating capacity to keep pace with the increasing demand on the rail network.

The move comes as a result of the Government announcing that it will fund the electrification of the route between Leeds and Manchester.

Buying electric trains for Transpennine’s Manchester to Scotland service will free up diesel trains to be used on other routes.

Mr Percy said: “It’s great news that TransPennine will be putting on additional trains.

“Not only will it help to relieve overcrowding but it’ll also mean more frequent trains and convenience for many residents who use the routes.

“The Government is right to be investing in electrification and I have been pressing Ministers to go further.

“They have now agreed to look at the feasibility of electrifying the line between Leeds and Hull.”