Market Rasen rail passengers demand action

Chairman of MR RUG Karen Maloney, left, with John Skelton, chairman of Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, David Harby chairman of Railfuture Lincolnshire Branch and supporter Sue Dovey.
Chairman of MR RUG Karen Maloney, left, with John Skelton, chairman of Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, David Harby chairman of Railfuture Lincolnshire Branch and supporter Sue Dovey.
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Furious passengers are fed up of being left stranded at Market Rasen train station because carriages are too full - and are demanding action.

The latest incident saw more than 20 shoppers forced to wait more than two hours for a train to Lincoln.

Almost 30 people 
were waiting to board a 
9.55am train, but only five teenage girls managed to squeeze on to the single carriage train.

Market Rasen Rail Users Group chairman Karen Maloney said this is happening too often and residents need a better service.

She said: “Over the last few months a Saturday shopping trip has become a lottery.

“For many of these their experience on June 29 will have been the last straw.”

Those left on the platform included some Italian visitors of Karen’s and for some 
with advance purchase tickets, which meant 
they missed their booked London train connection at Newark.

Mrs Maloney said: “This chronic overcrowding is driving passengers away from rail and stranding Market Rasen residents.”

The rail user group was formed after Christmas 
last year, when the 5.23pm train from Lincoln to Market Rasen was reduced to two carriages without any consultation.

And while East Midlands Trains, who operate the service, says it is sympathetic with passengers, it says it is working within Government restraints.

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of the situation on June 29 where some passengers were unable to use our 9.55am service from Market Rasen.

“We have worked hard to provide the maximum possible capacity with the number of trains made available by the Government for the East Midlands Trains franchise, and have been successful in securing extra carriages for the parts of our network where they are needed the most.

“We regularly review our timetable and take into account feedback from passengers and passenger demand to determine any measures can be taken to make improvements for the future.

“However, within the current timetable, we are using all of our trains in the best way possible to balance out the competing demands across our network.”

Turn to page 6 for your chance to have your say on Market Rasen’s train service.