Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
Do you use London Travelcards from Market Harborough? And, if so, are you aware that there is a possibility that they may be withdrawn? This arises as part of the Government’s Transport for London (TfL) Funding Settlement, dated 25th February 2022, which requires TfL to move towards financial sustainability post-pandemic. One of the requirements is “consideration of potential new sources of income”, and among these is “New revenue streams”. So far, so good, but one element of this is that:
“TfL will provide to DfT an impact assessment on different passenger groups of the withdrawal from the travelcard agreement prior to commencing with the withdrawal”
The impact assessment is to be completed by 29th April, and the Mayor of London is required to commence a public consultation by 27th May.
We in Harborough Rail Users have written to Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough, expressing concern about the possible withdrawal of London Travelcards. Concerns include:
Gateway to London. EMR Meridian units line up at St Pancras on 12th May 2021. By coincidence, 12th May is Saint Pancras' Day! The parish of St Pancras was named after Saint Pancras, a 14-year-old boy who had converted to Christianity and would not renounce his faith. As a result, he was beheaded by Emperor Diocletian in Rome in 304AD. He is the patron saint of children. Pancras is a Greek name meaning 'the one that holds everything'. With its mix of tubes plus local, regional, intercity, domestic high-speed and international high-speed rail services, and a freight terminal just outside, it is a good name for our London terminus!
Photo: Steve Jones
Among the various works continuing at Market Harborough station is the re-siting of the bus stop from the forecourt to the main car park entrance on the east side of the station. Though labelled for rail replacement buses, the stop is also served by the regular Centrebus route 44 linking Foxton, Harborough town centre, Great Bowden, the Langtons, Kibworth and Fleckney. As shown in the picture below, the new stop has a shelter. Other modifications to the forecourt include pick-up and drop-off spaces, staff car-parking, and the long-overdue removal of the pay + display ticket machine. Further changes are expected once the temporary toilet block is removed, when the new permanent toilets are opened on Platform 1.
New bus stop with shelter at the
main car park entrance,
6th April 2022.
Photo: Steve Jones