Campaign continues for Rail Users Group

Chairman of MR RUG Karen Maloney is continuing her fight for a better rail service for Market Rasen.
Chairman of MR RUG Karen Maloney is continuing her fight for a better rail service for Market Rasen.

Rail users in Market Rasen are continuing to “suffer unsafe and unbearable conditions” says the town’s rail user group.

The group’s chairman, Karen Maloney has told the Rasen Mail there is now something happening with the service every week.

She said:“For example, the other Friday, the train was too full at 9.55am and one lady on crutches needed to get to Newark for an appointment.

“She had to get on the replacement bus, but was only taken to Lincoln, then had to catch the train to Newark - she was late for the appointment.”

On another morning, Mrs Maloney spoke to a young lady going for a meeting in London which she was subsequently late for and a German tourist with a bike trying to get to London.

“We regulars are so fed up now of no-one doing anything,” she added.

As reported in the Market Rasen Mail last month, trains heading to Lincoln have only one carriage and are continually arriving at the town’s 
station full, leaving passengers stranded on the platform.

Now, in a letter to service provider East Midland Trains, MR Rug is renewing its call for answers to its questions.

Speaking to the Market Rasen Mail last month, a spokesman for East Midlands Trains said it was sympathetic with passengers, but is working within government restraints.

The spokesman said: “Withing the current timetable, we are using all of our trains in the best way possible to balance out the competing demands across our network.”

Last month, MR RUG launched its 
rail users survey and there is still time to have your say.

Fill in the survey by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/MRRUG

Alternatively, paper copies of the survey are also available from outlets in the town.

Go to the Co-op, The BIG Corner Shop, Tesco or Greens of Lincolnshire.