Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
Back in July, we reported that Transport for London (TfL) had given notice of their intention to pull out of the Travelcard agreement with train operators for Day Travelcards. The background was a financial shortfall at TfL, who felt they received an inadequate share of the ticket revenue. This meant the Day Travelcard – though not the season ticket versions – was to be withdrawn from 21st January 2024.
Along with many others, including rail user groups and local authorities, we in Harborough Rail Users considered this a seriously retrograde step. We made representations both to TfL and to our MP, Neil O’Brien, urging a reversal of the decision. The Travelcard is one of the best examples of integrated transport this country has; one simple ticket giving return rail travel to London and unlimited local rail, tube, tram and bus travel throughout the relevant fare zones plus discounts on the Thames Clipper river buses.
We were therefore delighted to hear on 25th October that TfL and the Rail Delivery Group had come to an agreement such that the Day Travelcard would continue to be available. According to Rail Minister Huw Merriman, the deal came after ‘government intervention’.
However, from 24th March 2024 there will be 3% one-off increase on the price of a Travelcard on top of the annual fare increase.
Harborough Rail Users are holding their 2023 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd November 2023, starting at 7:00pm, as an online meeting on Zoom.
As well as electing officers for the group for the forthcoming year, the meeting will consider relevant topics including reviewing the past year. Campaign priorities for the forthcoming year will also be considered. Among these are the continuing disruption to train services, the consultation on ticket office closures, and the progress with electrification of the line.
Anyone who cares about Market Harborough's station and rail service and would like to attend the online AGM is invited to contact Harborough Rail Users via our Get in Touch facility.