Council continues to push for better rail services for Grantham and across county

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The Department for Transport is expected to begin consultation on the new East Midlands rail franchise in the near future, and Lincolnshire County Council is encouraging people to make sure they’re ready to have their say.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport, said: “The council has been lobbying hard for better train services over the last few years, and there have been a lot of improvements in that time.

“For example, there has been a significant increase in the number of stops on the Lincoln to Nottingham line. In fact, the number of services across a typical week at Hykeham has increased by more than 50 per cent over the last two years.

“In addition, the county council itself has helped improve Hykeham and Swinderby stations through our Access Lincoln programme.

“All this has led to almost a 23 per cent rise in passenger numbers over a 10 year period, with 5.2m people using Lincolnshire stations in 2015/16.

“And there are other improvements on the horizon. New direct services between Lincoln and London are due to launch in May 2019, while better Sunday services between Lincoln and Nottingham, Nottingham and Grantham, and Lincoln and Sheffield are all set to start over this next year.

“Now, we want to build on that momentum. The Department for Transport will shortly be out to consultation on the new East Midlands franchise, which covers the vast majority train services across Lincolnshire.

“One thing we’d particularly like to see is increased passengers services along the joint-line between Peterborough and Doncaster, which has recently been upgraded. There’s also real potential for quicker journeys along this route.

“These types of improvements wouldn’t just make life more convenient for rail passengers – they would have significant economic benefits as well.

“Once the DfT launches its consultation we’ll be pushing for the best possible deal, and it would be great if we had the local community behind us too.”