Appeal made for Spalding to speak out on future rail services

George Scott, Chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG161015-115TW.
George Scott, Chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG161015-115TW.
  • Transport forum gets council’s voice on trains

Campaigners for a more regular train service through Spalding have won support from the man in charge of transportation in Lincolnshire.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, which campaigns for better rail, road and bus services across South Holland, wants to see far more evening and weekend train journeys put on between Lincoln and Peterborough.

But the forum now has backing from Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council, who also wants to see “increased passenger services” along the route.

Forum chairman George Scott said: “Spalding is on a joint line (between Peterborough and Doncaster), but nothing seems to come south of Lincoln.

“What we need to do, both from the Peterborough and Lincoln sides, is to push for a Sunday service, as well as earlier and later trains at weekends and during the week.

“At the moment, if people in South Holland want to go to work in Lincoln or retailers here want to attract people into Spalding, they have to do it by car.

Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“This puts a lot of congestion on our roads so we should be looking for Lincolnshire County Council to push for our side of the joint line.”

Coun Davies’ intervention into the debate over future train services through Spalding came on Wednesday, just a week after the Government announced its shortlist for the next East Midlands rail franchise.

Current operators Stagecoach East Midlands Trains is up against Arriva Rail East Midlands and UK/Italy joint enterprise First Trenitalia East Midlands Rail for the franchise which is due to start in March 2019.

Coun Davies said: “The council has been lobbying hard for better train services and one thing we would particularly like to see is increased passenger services along the joint line between Peterborough and Doncaster.”

What we need to do is to push for a Sunday service, as well as earlier and later trains at weekends and during the week

George Scott, Chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum