Public service consultation for the future of East Midlands rail franchise

By Mick Scrimshaw on August 22, 2017

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There is currently a public consultation over the future of the East Midlands rail franchise which could have serious ramifications for Kettering and Wellingborough. I understand that there are proposals that the train service between London and Kettering may be cut, and that there are no proposals to cut fares despite many regular users currently being unhappy with the service.

A local commuter has contacted me claiming the idea is designed so that more people can get a seat as a lot of people stand now at peak times, and by classing the Sheffield, Derby, and Nottingham routes as intercity they will will no longer stop at Kettering. That will cut the journey time on those routes and will allegedly cut overcrowding on our part of the line, but all the passengers to and from our local stations will obviously be pushed onto other overcrowded trains travelling less often making Kettering far less attractive to businesses looking to relocate.

There is a public consultation on 13/09/17 at Kettering Conference Centre 1pm to 5pm - for further details please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-east-midlands-rail-franchise

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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