Hundreds support call for extra trains through Stamford and Oakham

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

More than 400 people have lent their support to a petition calling for extra train services through Stamford and Oakham.

Stamford resident Richard Cleaver set up the petition calling on the Government to release rolling stock and allow CrossCountry trains to run an extra service every hour between Birmingham and Stansted Airport.

Since the online petition was opened at the start of the month, more than 400 people have signed.

Mr Cleaver already has the support of his own MP Nick Boles, who represents Stamford and Bourne. And this week he also secured the backing of Rutland MP Alan Duncan, who agreed to write to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, about the issue.

Mr Cleaver said: “I’m delighted that we already have over 400 signatures and that there are still around 20 more being added every day.

“We still have a lot more people to reach to make them aware of the campaign and expect the petition to continue to grow as we do so. I’d be very grateful for assistance from anyone who would like to help in raising awareness of the campaign.”

After a number of comments directed to his @BetterRail twitter account, Mr Cleaver has taken on board concerns from Rutland residents that extra trains through Oakham would cause traffic problems due to the level crossing in Melton Road being closed more often.

Mr Cleaver said he had e-mailed the House of Commons Transport Select Committee about the issue of level crossings.

To sign the petition, visit