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More trains promised for Uttoxeter

The next company to take over the running of rail services through Uttoxeter will have to put on more trains.

 

Its one of the requirements for any companies bidding to be the next operator of the Derby to Crewe line, when the East Midlands Trains deal ends in August 2019.

In it's 'Invitation to Tender' document, the Government says train companies must demonstrate they can provide additional early and late services to help increase capacity at rush hour.

The document also revealed that the successful bidder would be encouraged to put forward proposals for additional space on train services for special events, which would include race days at Uttoxeter racecourse.

The MP for Uttoxeter, Andrew Griffiths, has welcomed the news - having previously written to Rail Minister Jo Johnson MP, urging him to ensure that an improved service for trains running through Uttoxeter was included.

Andrew said: “It is brilliant news that the Government has recognised the need to improve rail services through Uttoxeter and has included this requirement in the Invitation to Tender document. I have been campaigning for some time now to see more and longer trains coming in and out of Uttoxeter, particularly on race days, and this move is a success for the first stage of the campaign.

“The next stage is to push the companies tendering to submit the best bids possible. I have met with both Network Rail and the current operator, and have subsequently been meeting the other bidders to make the case for changes that Uttoxeter needs. I will continue to press all of the companies bidding over the coming weeks as to just how important these improvements are for the community in Uttoxeter.

“If the companies bidding to take on the tender meet the requirements that are outlined, then we will see an improved service through Uttoxeter, which will be good news for all who live in, work in and visit the town.”

 

 

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