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Why are Spalding train passengers being ripped off ?

Nearly two years ago I highlighted the anomalies that exist in the pricing of rail tickets from Spalding and a reply from East Midland Trains was simply that they were going to review the pricing to see if it could be made fairer. You may be interested in an example of how pricing from Spalding works now.

The example is a Saturday adult day return: Peterborough to Birmingham New Street £38.70; Spalding to Birmingham New Street £56 - difference between prices £17.30.Actual cost of ticket Spalding to Peterborough £8.80. The excess if you buy a through ticket from Spalding to Birmingham is £7.50.

As a regular user of the train to Birmingham I have found that driving to Stamford station and travelling to Birmingham for £25 is better value, even taking into account the car fuel. The cost of a ticket from Spalding to Stamford at £17.60 indicates another rip off of £13.40 excess over the costs of two tickets from Spalding via Peterborough to Stamford and then on to Birmingham.

The simple question is why are Spalding travellers being ripped off by East Midlands Trains? And let’s face it, the poor services from Spalding have not improved even during the period our own MP had a transport portfolio.

No Sunday services, no evening services to/from Lincoln; single, noisy old carriages in the week, two carriages if you are lucky on a Saturday and a route to Peterborough with no intermediate stops that costs more per mile that much of the rest of the UK.

It seems that East Midlands Trains, who run both Spalding and Stamford, are not encouraging travel from Spalding and Network Rail are only interested in using the Spalding line for heavy freight. Isn’t it about time things change for our growing town especially with our main roads getting busier and slower every year?

Steve Thompson

via email

Tydd St Mary Primary School held a Suffragette workshop as part of Parliament Week to commemorate 100 years since women were given the vote. (5774651)
Tydd St Mary Primary School held a Suffragette workshop as part of Parliament Week to commemorate 100 years since women were given the vote. (5774651)

Noise of trains at night is waking us up

I would like to raise a concern regarding trains going through Spalding and Pinchbeck. Through the day it's not so concerning but through the night time they speed over the limit. The noise its horrific.

I live in Pinchbeck and through the night the amount of trains going through is much more than in daytime. That would not be a problem if they would go slower but they are absolutely speeding.

We are bombarded with noise and I am sure this is not just an issue for my family - we are all woken several times each night.

Gabriela Sobolewska

via email

No wonder this town is falling down

Hello fellow shoppers, the following example shows what we have to put up with whilst going about our business

shopping in Spalding.

On Saturday I was in the pedestrianised area of Holland Market. There were a reasonable amount of shoppers walking through laden with their wares when two young males of an employable age decided that it was okay for them to ride their cycles through that particular part of the precinct regardless of volume of foot traffic.

When a female shopper challenged them at the pedestrian crossing going over Swan street about the way they had cycled through a NO CYCLING area and the possibility of KNOCKING someone over by their actions she was greeted with utter contempt as one young male said: "Did i hit you?" and "Why are you having a go at me? I am on my way to work."

As if that's an acceptable excuse.

As the lights changed both hopped on their bikes and decided it was okay for them to carry on riding through the Pied Calf area which is pedestrianised and has a blind spot half way through.

So I have two reasonable questions to ask the local authorities. 1 - where are the police teams that we support through a rate that Police Commissioner Mark Jones inflicts on us every year.

2- South Holland District Council, considering the amount of money you have spent on CCTV cameras, where are they and furthermore, do they work?

I can well understand why this town is falling down with the total disregard for shoppers and why outlets generally are busier, and you do not have to go far to find one with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Roly Hare

via email

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (5774649)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (5774649)

Sir John's knighthood should be no surprise

Having known Sir John Hayes for 15 of the 21 years he has now been a Member of Parliament, I was very pleased to see the news of his knighthood.

Coming as it did outside the usual Honours’ Lists, it may well have come as a shock to him. But it should be no surprise to those of us who live in South Holland and the Deepings.

After all, he has increased his share of the vote in all five of the general elections following his first success here in 1997 by being a passionate champion for our area on both the local and the national stage, alongside his role as a government minister for many years.

I very much hope that seeing him honoured in this way will inspire others to follow his fine record of public service. Many congratulations to Sir John!

R Thomas

Deeping St James

If it was a sweetener it will backfire

I would like to congratulate our local MP Sir John Hayes on his much-deserved knighthood.

As most will know John has been an exceptionally good constituency MP, as well as, a first class minister in parliament where he has, and continues to, successfully champion many local and national good causes.

Unfortunately, some in the national press have tried to suggest that this honour is some type of sweetener to persuade our renowned Eurosceptic MP to back Theresa May’s deal with the EU. If that was her plan it has backfired spectacularly as John has made clear in the local and national press that he intends to vote against the PM’s Withdrawal Agreement as it stands when it comes before the House of Commons on December 11.

Sir John and I are both in agreement that the UK cannot allow the EU to dictate when the transition and Irish backstop come to an end. There must either be a time limit for both or a mechanism in place that allows the UK to leave at a time of our own choosing.

On the EU I would like to personally thank John who has campaigned alongside me for over 20 years on this issue, first to secure a referendum on our relationship with the EU, and then to leave the EU and take back control of our country.

Of course, Sir John also has many other milestones in his parliamentary career to date. John was the architect of the Conservative’s rebirth of proper apprenticeships, which has, and continues to benefit millions of young people across the country. He also deserves recognition for all his work as a Patron of ‘Headway’ the brain injury charity, which is an ongoing beneficiary of his annual charity cricket matches.

Likewise, assisting Britain’s war veterans is a cause that has always been close to John’s heart. John successfully campaigned for free passports for our war veterans, and as Patron of the British Nuclear Test Veterans' Association (BNTVA) is working to win recognition and compensation for all of the people who have suffered serious health problems as a result of working with, or alongside, radioactive material for the benefit of the nation.

Sir John is also the President of the Holbeach Branch of the Royal British Legion and marches with our veterans every year on Remembrance Day.

I read some comments on this news on-line which asked “what has Sir John ever done for our area?” To which I would respond “where should I begin?”.

I can think of many successful campaigns John has joined with including – our joint successes in fighting off the proposed traveller site in Long Sutton and securing the funding for the new health centres at Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge; the successful campaign to stop an incinerator being built in Sutton Bridge; saving Spalding’s Garth School from closure; saving numerous post offices across the constituency; saving the Land Registry office in Peterborough; scaling back over-development in our area; and so the list continues.

Well done once again Sir John, you truly deserve this honour for all your hard work on behalf of Great Britain and your constituents, you are a true patriot.

Craig Jackson

Vote Leave Constituency Co-Ordinator

South Holland & The Deepings


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