Help get on track for better trains

Spalding railway station
Spalding railway station
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Have your say

Have you ever been left frustrated on a platform because your train is late or you’ve had to stand in a crowded carriage? Well now is your chance to have your say on the future of rail services in Lincolnshire.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is re-letting the East Midlands rail franchise in 2018 and has asked the county council what improvements we would like to see.

The franchise includes the following train services in Lincolnshire – basically most of Lincolnshire’s trains except for the Lincoln to Sheffield one and the East Coast Main Line.

* Lincoln – Nottingham – Leicester;

* Skegness – Grantham – Nottingham;

* Norwich – Grantham – Liverpool;

* Peterborough – Spalding – Lincoln – Doncaster;

* Grimsby/Cleethorpes – Market Rasen – Lincoln – Newark North Gate;

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for transport at Lincolnshire County Council, says: “We have a great opportunity to put forward some ideas which could significantly improve rail provision in our county. We want to hear what improvements would encourage local residents to hop on a train, so please let us know what you’d like to see.

“More regular trains with extra capacity, improved connections, better Sunday services, faster journeys and more comfortable carriages with Wi-Fi are just some of our thoughts.

“We also know that many residents are keen to see extra trains to and from London, and while this service is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast and not part of this re-letting, improving connectivity with local East Midlands services at Newark North Gate and Grantham stations could help you reach the capital quicker.

“We will consider all views before we formally feedback to the Department for Transport in Summer 2016.”

To have your say, email rail@lincolnshire.gov.uk or call 01522 782070 before the end of February.

For more information about rail services in Lincolnshire visit: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport