Opposition To Proposals For Intercity Trains Affecting Luton

 A new public consultation is proposing changes to the railway services that could affect commuters who use local trains.

The East Midlands Rail Franchise Public Consultation is available to download at gov.uk (.pdf file) from a gov.uk website.

The document says that proposals will enable the next franchise to:
• Reduce journey times on the peak-time intercity long distance services by up to 20 minutes.
• Relieve over-crowding on all East Midlands services to and from London.
• Introduce higher capacity trains, up to 12 carriages long, on dedicated commuter services.
• Deliver over 1000 additional seats an hour in the peak into London, an increase of more than 50%.

During the consultation period a series of public events will take place, allowing anyone to come along and ask questions about the proposals for the next East Midlands franchise.

A petition has been started by campaigners who believe this proposal will take away Intercity services, particularly from Luton.

How to respond to the consultation: Go to Consultation Response.

If you have questions about this consultation, please contact: East Midlands Consultation Coordinator Department for Transport 2/21 Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR 0300 330 3000 (switchboard) EastMidlandsfranchise2017@dft.gsi.gov.uk