Northern Trains Are Asking Yorkshire Locals How To Correctly Pronounce Slaithwaite

Northern Trains Are Asking Yorkshire Locals How To Correctly Pronounce Slaithwaite

There’s nowt like hearing people that aren’t from round these parts try and name some of the incredible places in Yorkshire. And, to be fair, even locals struggle with some of them.

Well, Northern trains are trying to make sure that they have the place names pronounced correctly and are asking for your help to get ’em all right.

One of the ones featured in Northern’s list of local station names they want the onboard announcement to get right is good ol’ Slaithwaite.

The train operator issues a call for feedback before the new recordings are made in the studio. But, do you agree with the suggestions?

StationCurrently PronouncedFuture Pronunciation
Burneside, CumbriaBurn-SideBurn-E-Side
Aspatria, CumbriaA-Spa-TriaAss-Spat-Ria
Ashburys, Greater ManchesterAshburyAshburys
Euxton Balshaw Lane, LancashireEuston Balshaw LaneEx-Ton Balshaw Lane
Slaithwaite, West YorkshireSlaith-WaitSlou-Wit
Ilkeston, DerbyshireIll-Kes-StonIlks-tonne
Cark & Cartmel, CumbriaCark And CartmelCark-N-Cartmel
Mossley Hill, MerseysideMozzley-illMose-ley Hill

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “I’d like to thank everyone that has sent in their feedback so far. We manage 467 stations across our network and some of them are pronounced very differently to how they appear in writing.

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“That said, some corrections are, quite rightly, a request that station names be announced in full rather than shortened versions that have been adopted over time.”

You can contact Northern via the Twitter handle @northernassist it you believe that your station is being prounounced incorrect.

You have until the end of the month to suggest corrections for your station before the announcements are recorded by Peter Corley and laura Palmer, two Northern employees.

Discussing the time the first recordings went live on some of Northern’s trains, they said: “While every effort was made to get them right first time, we know how proud people across the north of England are of their regional dialect.”

Who knows how long these recordings will be in the system – so now’s your chance to correct us if we’ve got it wrong.”

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, and has over 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the north of England.

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Feature Image Credit: Photo © Tim Green (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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