MP WINS REASSURANCE ON IMPROVED RAIL SERVICES, BUT SAYS “THERE’S MORE TO DO”
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MP WINS REASSURANCE ON IMPROVED RAIL SERVICES, BUT SAYS “THERE’S MORE TO DO”

There is good news on the horizon for train travellers between Worcestershire, Oxford and London with reduced journey times and the continuation of through services from Paddington to Worcester.
But Peter Luff, the MP for Mid Worcestershire is campaigning for still better services on the line after the redoubling is largely completed later this year.

Peter had sought reassurance from the Department for Transport and First Great Western about the consequences of stopping the electrification of the Great Western main line at Oxford. He had been concerned that the new “bi-mode” trains that can run on both overhead electricity and diesel would not be used on the Cotswold Line, forcing passengers to change at Oxford.

Peter has received a reply from Transport Minister Theresa Villiers confirming that through services between London, Paddington and Worcester will be retained.

In her letter the minister said,

“The proposals under development at the present time do indeed envisage the use of the bi-mode version of Intercity Express trains being deployed on this route, with frequency and journey time improvements.”

Peter has received a similar reassurance from First Great Western, also promising significant improvements in journey times later this year when the redoubling of the line between Evesham and Charlbury is completed.

Peter said,

“This is excellent news for passengers who will benefit from shorter journeys of around 10-15 minutes to London and don’t face a loss of service when the electrification happens.

“However, there is still much more that First Great Western should be doing to improve services to Worcestershire after the redoubling happens.

“It looks as if we are getting very few new services and certainly not the hourly service between Worcestershire stations and London I was promised by Network Rail – that will only run between Moreton-in-Marsh and London, and not Worcestershire. That just isn’t good enough and we must make the rail company think again.”

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Peter Luff 01905 763952


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