BREAKING NEWS: Downing Street talks on trains influx

DOWNING STREET: South Holland and The Deepings MP and transport minister John Hayes (third left) with council leader Gary Porter (left) at today's talks with Network Rail and emergency services.
DOWNING STREET: South Holland and The Deepings MP and transport minister John Hayes (third left) with council leader Gary Porter (left) at today's talks with Network Rail and emergency services.
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Network Rail bosses are going to publish train times ahead of Saturday’s massive influx of trains in Spalding so emergency services and drivers can plan ahead.

The step follows talks in Downing Street today (Wednesday) with South Holland and The Deepings MP and transport minister John Hayes, district council leader Gary Porter and emergency services.

Mr Hayes told the company it needed improved communications with the emergency services so they can, where necessary, re-allocate blue light vehicles to cover both sides of a closed crossing.

Coun Porter said it emerged from the talks that level crossing barriers could go down for “four minutes in every ten or 12 minutes”.

Some 113 trains are likely to come through South Holland on Saturday while multiple engineering works are carried out on the East Coast main line.

Network Rail say Spalding has been used 17 times as a diversionary route for East Coast mainline traffic since 2010.

• See tomorrow’s Spalding Guardian for the full story.