Home   News   Article

Heidi Allen MP slams Great Northern over future train service proposals

By Ben Comber

MP Heidi Allen. Picture: Keith Heppell
MP Heidi Allen. Picture: Keith Heppell

The South Cambridgeshire MP said commuters are being sold 'standing room on fewer services'.

Today is the final day of the Great Northern Train Consultation and Heidi Allen MP has made clear here disappointment at what is proposed so far.

Great Northern launched the second phase of its timetabling consultation to propose using an expanded cross-London Thameslink network to give passengers at 80 more stations across the South East direct access to more central London stations.

Mrs Allen said a number of constituents have contacted her with concerns about the proposed changes.

In a letter to Great Northern she wrote: “GN must look again at overall capacity within the timetable. At least one additional morning high peak train that services Royston is crucial. Service levels for commuters already paying high ticket prices will clearly be reduced if GN are relying on ‘overall capacity’ to justify better service.

“Bluntly, my South Cambridgeshire commuters are being sold a timetable that offers them ‘standing room’ on fewer services.

“In my opinion, this neither meets the service standards set out by Thameslink nor meets the commitment to improve connectivity and frequency, essential to the high growth East Anglian local economy. As the most economically active constituency in the region and indeed more often than not the UK, South Cambridgeshire plays a significant role in that economy, yet feels like it is being treated as if “at the end of the line.” Cambridge to London is one third of the Oxford/Cambridge/London golden triangle, not a rural backwater.”

The consultation is open until 5pm today, July 27 and residents can submit their views online.


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More