Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
The Department for Transport has announced that East Midlands Trains will continue to operate our train services under a direct award franchise. This runs until March 2018 with potential for a further extension of one year. There would then be a full franchise competition. Various improvements have been pledged by EMT as part of the deal; more details can be found on their website at http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/information/media/news/New-13-Million-Package-Of-Benefits-For-East-Midlands-Trains-Customers/.
For Market Harborough, we anticipate that at least the existing pattern of service will remain in place. We have long called for free WiFi in standard class and this is promised, though only for the first 15 minutes' use. The deal also pledges a total of £1m across the company for station accessibility improvements and we hope this brings the long-awaited and desperately needed improvements at Market Harborough station a bit closer.