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Petition calls for more trains through Stamford and Oakham

Stamford Train Station- Stock Picture.

Photo: Oliver
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Stamford Train Station- Stock Picture. Photo: Oliver SM-S082108_037ow.jpg

 

A concerned commuter has started an online petition calling on the Government to provide extra trains through the area.

Richard Cleaver, of Priory Road, Stamford, wants ministers to allow CrossCountry trains to add an extra service every hour on the line that runs through Stamford and Oakham.

Mr Cleaver has spoken to the firm about introducing the extra services on the route between Birmingham and Stanstead. He has found a number of CrossCountry documents, also seen by the Mercury, expressing an interest in doing so.

He said: “The will is clearly there from Network Rail and CrossCountry. I’m no expert but the blocking point seems to be getting the rolling stock.

“It’s not as if it’s money the Government has to spend that they are not going to get back through the lease.”

Mr Cleaver, pictured left, works in Leicester and regularly visits London on business, so uses the CrossCountry services from Stamford almost daily. Currently one train runs in each direction every hour, with more frequent services between 6am and 9am.

The last train calling at Stamford and Oakham leaves Birmingham at 8.22pm during the week, and in the other direction from Stanstead at 8.21pm.

Mr Cleaver said: “Most people say it’s fine in the mornings but connections in the evening are a nightmare. If you come from London you have to wait up to 55 minutes in Peterborough.”

Mr Cleaver has set up a petition calling on the Government to release rolling stock by 2016, and for any franchise agreement to include services until 10.30pm between Birmingham and Stanstead. He already has more than 100 signatures.

Mr Cleaver has also approached Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles about the issue. Mr Boles said: ““After a rather unsatisfactory response from CrossCountry, I’ve written to the Rail Minister to press the case made so eloquently by Mr Cleaver for better rail services at Stamford and to ask for a commitment for improvements to be in place by 2016.”

Mr Cleaver’s petition can be viewed at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/61503.

A CrossCountry spokesman said: “It is our aspiration to improve services on the line through Stamford and Oakham but at this time there are no trains available that we can use to increase the fleet.”

 

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