Campaigners at a “village between two cities” are urging the public to support the latest push for the re-opening of Littleworth Station which could ease the growing congestion on the roads in Spalding.
Spalding Peterborough Transport Forum wants to know why, when the Government has stated the “life blood” for any small town is its links to major cities, the station has still not been included in the Deeping St Nicholas Local Plan.
The forum has been campaigning since 2005 and organised a feasibility study putting forward a compelling case for the re-opening of the station.
It states: “An assessment of the reopening of Littleworth station indicates that the station would become the nearest drive to station to over 27,000 residents.”
The forum’s study shows 41 per cent of car journeys from Deeping St Nicholas alone are to Peterborough and onwards.
George Scott, vice-president, said: “The Government has stated that the ‘life blood’ for any small town is its links to major cities and, as we are between two cathedral cities, we should be investing in our transport services where possible to improve the economic attraction for business and resident.”
He is calling on Lincolnshire County Council to put the forum’s transport views forward following the recent £280 million pound bidding project for the East Coast Franchise as it includes running additional passenger services, such as Littleworth, that would support the new housing schemes for commuters to London.
Liz Williams, forum member, said: “There has never been a better time to support this push to re-open Littleworth Station.
“The feasability study proves there is a need but the public need to make their views known by contacting Lincolnshire County Council, either by email or through their parish council. We’d like to see all stations re-opened to ease congestion on the roads in our area, but this is a start.”
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