Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
The government’s Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes annual data on rail passenger numbers. Albeit some time after the end of the reporting year, the ORR has recently published figures for 2018-19. Market Harborough saw modest further growth, of 1.5% to a total of 907,770 rail journeys beginning or ending at the station during the year to March 2019. This is, of course, before the various closures for the station rebuild in May-June 2019 and other engineering work. It will be interesting to see how the station performed over that period and since.
The usage data for all stations and franchised train operators can be found on the ORR website at: https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/station-usage.
Awaiting the crowds? The as-yet unopened part of
Platform 2 at Market Harborough watches a Meridian
train depart for St Pancras on the evening of 12th September 2019.
The next open Committee meeting of HRU has been arranged for Monday 20th January, starting at 18:00, in the front bar of The Oat Hill pub restaurant on Kettering Road, Little Bowden. The main item on the agenda is the East Midlands Railway timetable consultation for December 2020. This is when the EMR Electrics service to Corby is due to start. The Intercity service - which serves Market Harborough - is also due to see significant alterations. Anyone with an interest in the train service from Market Harborough is welcome to attend.
Details of the consultation, and the opportunity to submit individual responses, can be found at https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/december2020. The consultation closes on 14th February 2020.