MP’s serious concerns over Market Rasen train service

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MP Sir Edward Leigh has intervened in a campaign demanding action over a ‘serious’ lack of trains serving Market Rasen.

Sir Edward, who regularly uses the rail service himself, is fighting on behalf of an action group furious that trains are already full when they get to Market Rasen.

The problem, highlighted in last week’s Rasen Mail, is angering residents who are often forced to wait two hours for the next train to Lincoln.

Shopping trips have been delayed and many people have been late for work as a result.

Sir Edward told the Rasen Mail: “This situation raises serious questions about the ability of our rail companies 
to provide adequate rolling stock.

“Many people need this service to get to work, their place of study, or the shops, and providing a second carriage shouldn’t be a strenuous effort.

“I will be contacting the secretary of state for transport and other relevant officials to see what can be done to improve this situation.”

Market Rasen Rail Users Group (MR RUG) was set up after Christmas when the 5.23pm train from Lincoln to Market Rasen was reduced to two carriages without any consultation.

Group chairman Karen Maloney agrees with Sir Edward and thinks people in the town need a better service.

Resident Clare O’Rourke is one of the people disappointed at the current delays and overcrowding.

She said: “My son has been let down on two occasions recently.

“One on the day of his interview for a job at Newark.

“I then had to drive him there, luckily we were not late and he did get the job.

“Last week the early train 6.40am did not arrive hence he was late for work.

“Luckily his boss was understanding.

“This Tuesday he was late back as during the change over at Lincoln the driver was late, people were on the train for half an hour in extreme heat.

“Surely they have a duty of care to the passengers.

“As a new employee he is on three months probation, so it’s not worth him renting as yet, but it is worrying.

“He has just finished his degree at Lincoln University and did use the train, and often the trains were packed.”

An East Midlands Trains spokesman told the Rasen Mail: “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.”