Call by Richard Cleaver to increase the CrossCountry train service serving both Stamford and Oakham to two trains per hour
A rail campaigner is calling for the areas two MPs to lobby for an increase in train services serving both Stamford and Oakham.
Richard Cleaver, from Stamford, is calling on the town's MP Gareth Davies and Rutland MP Alicia Kearns to push for both Stamford and Oakham stations to get two trains per hour instead of the current one .
This is in light of passenger numbers using Stamford railway station increasing from just under 200,000 in 1997-1998 to 384,560 according to the most recent statistics for 2018-2019 published by the Office of Road and Rail.
Oakham has seen a rise from 214,900 in 2010-2011 to 239,038 in the most recent statistics.
The retired 60-year-old, who uses the service regularly to travel to places such as Ely, Birmingham and Leicester, said: “I just thought it would be appropriate to draw their attention to a specific local issue because it affects not only Stamford, but Oakham, Melton and Peterborough.
“The fact that passengers numbers using Stamford has doubled over a 20-year period and increased by eight per cent in two years, really underlines the case that we have been making for a number of years which is that the service should be doubled.
“People are more likely to come to Stamford to shop or for a leisure activity if there are regular trains and local businesses would benefit."
Mr Cleaver had previously campaigned for an increased in services in 2014 but received 'non-commital' responses.
He added: “The service is not as convenient as it should be - it’s difficult to come back from Birmingham after a night out because the last train is at about 8.20pm and it’s similar with the last train from Stansted Airport.
“People also say it is irritating waiting 50 minutes for the connection at Peterborough."
Currently, there is one CrossCountry train per hour in each direction serving both Stamford and Oakham that forms the Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport train, linking Cambridge, Peterborough, Melton Mowbray and Leicester.
There are two additional East Midlands Railway services in the morning and one in the evening.
A spokesperson for CrossCountry said: “As all our trains between Leicester and Peterborough currently call at Stamford, it would not be possible to increase the number of services.
"If local residents are interested in an increase in train services, they should contact the Department for Transport who can consider this in any new franchise specification.”
Alicia Kearns MP and Gareth Davies MP had not responded as the Mercury went to press.
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