Calling for better Spalding train service
A former Surfleet resident is heading a campaign to get a better train service in Spalding.
David Mortimer, who now lives near Skipton, but lived in Surfleet went it lost its railway service in the early 1960s, believes Spalding needs improvements to the train services currently available.
The group called ‘Spalding Town. Let’s improve Spalding rail services’ wants to see a service fit for all the commuters, tourists, shoppers and visitors to the town of Spalding - and help boost the town.
Among its priorities are direct trains between Spalding and London, earlier and later trains between Spalding and Peterborough, and a Sunday service.
Mr Mortimer said: “I know Spalding suffered with increased delays when the level crossing barriers were down when diverted LNER trains were passing through the town, but we are only looking for one train in the morning and one in the evening for commuters.
“We know EMR (East Midlands Railway), which runs services through Spalding, doesn’t have the franchise to run trains to London King’s Cross, but there are other operators including LNER who could offer the service.
“I wrote to LNER requesting trains diverted through Spalding, as they do to avoid disruption and engineering work, but when they eventually responded it said they couldn’t divert because of the line speed, its non-electrification, longer journey times and the extra cost involved.”
Mr Mortimer has written again, on January 15, challenging the company’s decision as he doesn’t believe the lack of electrification is a problem with the introduction of the hybrid electric/diesel Azuma trains - as the company is providing at service at stations, including Harrogate, which aren’t electrified.
And even if LNER again decline to provide the service, there are other options. He said: “We have other options we haven’t taken up like electrification between Spalding and Peterborough, and there are four more TOC (train operating companies) to approach as we want to bring Spalding’s railway service into the 21st century.
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