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Campaigners hope for Sunday rail services for Spalding

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Campaigners are hoping that transport bosses can finally be convinced of the need for Sunday rail services in Spalding.

The importance of Sunday services was raised with senior figures at a stakeholders meeting in Nottingham at the start of the month - and was not dismissed.

David Mortimer, of Spalding Train Services Group, says he put the East Midlands Railway (EMR) managing director Will Rogers and Department for Transport (DfT) commercial manager Neil Fleming on the spot about the issue - and said both agreed to look at the matter further.

Spalding Railway Station (53298228)
Spalding Railway Station (53298228)

He explained he was told EMR is committed to a ‘seven day service’ while the DfT may be using older data to assess Spalding’s rail needs and is not taking into account the expansion of the town in recent years.

Mr Mortimer, a former rail worker, said: “I walked away thinking I’ve had my say and I have done my best. Now it’s fingers crossed.”

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott says he remains hopeful that Sunday services can be secured.

It’s long been hoped to get Sunday trains so people can go for weekends away by rail and Lincoln students can also use them to visit their families for the weekend.

Mr Scott said: “What we would like them to do is put on a pilot service to see if it’s viable.”

A Department for Transport spokesman declined to address the questions about a Sunday service directly but said: “We will continue to engage with the rail industry to provide the best services and value for money for both passengers and tax payers.”

EMR did not comment on the seven day service commitment.

Spalding Railway Station office set to re-open

Spalding Railway Station office is set to be open again from December 1 after a staffing issue.

As well as the office being closed, the ticket machine has also been broken.

An EMR spokesman said this was a ‘slight fault’ and will be fixed as soon as possible - and promised that passengers will not be penalised for boarding services without a ticket.

EMR is also due to put route timetable posters back up after complaints from a passenger about the lack of information on display.

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