Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
The Office of Rail and Road has published its annual data about the usage of the rail network. Market Harborough has continued its trend of strong growth over the past twelve months with an increase of 4.6% to a total of 870,166 rail journeys beginning or ending at the station during 2015-16. This is nearly three times the 296,838 recorded in 1997-98; proof that if a good train service is provided, people will use it!
Harborough Rail Users today submitted their response to the Network Rail consultation on the upgrading of the line through Market Harborough and the associated rebuild of the platforms and car park. Overall, we support the scheme as it represents much of what we have been campaigning for. It is pleasing that the proposals include retention of the magnificent main building, a new and larger car park and, of course, the new straight and full-length platforms plus a connecting footbridge with lifts.
However, there is no provision for any platform canopies, which we feel the station needs so as to give proper shelter to passengers and staff at what is quite an exposed location. We also hope there will be a proper lift from the booking office to the platforms for disabled people and others such as the elderly and those encumbered by luggage or buggies.
The promised cycling hub is included in the plans subject to funding and this would be a major improvement on the current facilities.
We now await the intended final designs, which are anticipated in late spring 2017.