Leeds residents will now have the convenience of a direct train connection to Chester on Sundays, thanks to Northern’s new summer timetable, which goes into effect this weekend.

The inaugural service will depart Leeds station at 9:43 am, reaching Chester at 12:08 pm. Subsequent hourly services will follow, departing at 43 minutes past the hour, until the final departure at 7:44 pm, which arrives in Chester at 10:08 pm.

For the return journey, the first train will leave Chester at 9:25 am, arriving in Leeds at 11:36 am. Hourly services will operate at 25 minutes past the hour, with the last departure heading back to West Yorkshire at 8:25 pm, arriving in Leeds at 10:38 pm.

Each train on this route offers more than 200 seats, ensuring ample availability for passengers.

Tony Baxter, the regional director for Northern, expressed his satisfaction with the new service, stating, “We’re pleased to be able to offer this new service, making it easier than ever for the people of West Yorkshire to visit the historic city of Chester. With more than 2,700 seats available in each direction, we hope this service proves popular with day trippers, who can leave the car on the drive and let the train take the strain.”

A spokesperson for Visit Cheshire also welcomed the improved connectivity, saying, “We are delighted to see the improvements in connectivity between these two great cities and the wider region. We look forward to welcoming more visitors from the Yorkshire region to enjoy the best that Cheshire and Chester have to offer.”

The introduction of the Leeds to Chester service is part of Northern’s new summer timetable. While the majority of services remain unchanged, regular passengers are encouraged to use Northern’s website and its ‘Check My Timetable’ feature to view specific details regarding their local station.

For further information about the new timetable, please visit: www.northernrailway.co.uk/timetablechange.