East Midlands Rail Franchise: a wishy-washy consultation

By Anne Lee on September 13, 2017

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The Department for Transport revealed on Wednesday 13th September at its Public Consultation in Kettering Leisure village that it intends to split rail services between services coming from the north of Kettering, and the London rail service between Corby and London.

This would happen at the time of the new East Midlands Rail Franchise in August 2018. Details are still very vague, but it would mean that people from Wellingborough would have to come to Kettering before they can travel north to Leicester and further north. Once again, the Government is only paying lip service to the north of the country.

London is still being seen as the main destination, whereas travel to the north is treated as a poor cousin. There were a lot of angry people in the room. Particularly from Wellingborough, because their station isn't even shown on the map in the brochure! The plans are still very vague.

This is where you can respond to the consultation before 11th October to make your views known: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-east-midlands-rail-franchise

It is very important that as many people as possible respond to the survey to ensure that the needs of those in Kettering, East Northamptonshire and further afield that need these services are heard.

Anne has served as a Councillor for Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council for a number of years.

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