Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
Sir Vince Cable, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, arrived at Market Harborough by train on Thursday 6th December for a 'question time' engagement in the town. Harborough Rail Users were invited to meet him at the station, to discuss the rebuilding of the station and the associated concerns about accessibility. We showed him what is happening, and explained the additional facilities we are campaigning for. His train from St Pancras was one of the non-stop HSTs, which gave us the opportunity to tell him about the campaign to save the half-hourly train service when the East Midlands franchise was first set up in 2006-7. It is an interesting example of a local community-led campaign achieving something that surpassed even its own ambitions, as we never anticipated an hourly non-stop service to and from London!
The government’s Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes annual data on rail passenger numbers. Market Harborough saw further growth, with a modest increase of 0.7% to a total of 894,320 rail journeys beginning or ending at the station during 2017-18. This is over three times the 296,838 recorded in 1997-98; proof that if a good train service is provided, people will use it!
At the 2018 AGM on 29th November, Harborough Rail Users reviewed the past year’s activities and set the scene for campaign topics for the next year.
Important decisions will be made over the next few months that will have a major effect on our station and train services for many years to come.
The main issues for Harborough Rail Users are: