MPs met yesterday with representatives of East Midlands trains, Thameslink and the Department of Transport to express their strong concerns about the recent announcement of changes to trains after May 2018 in the region.

 

MPs of all parties, at a meeting chaired by Alistair Burt MP, were united in their anger on behalf of constituents over the total lack of communication and consultations on the proposed changes.

 

Mr Burt said; “Considering the recent discussions over a new franchise, it’s quite staggering that no mention was made of the far more significant changes being brought about through an otherwise excellent multi billion pound investment in our regional rail network. We regret that a chance of some influence has therefore been lost.”

 

The MPs were told that changes to train times and other disruptions were essential if the interconnected major track investment was to proceed.

 

Mr Burt said; “Colleagues will now be seeking more detail on behalf of constituents to see what further mitigation might be possible. We all welcome improvements, but the process and arrangements have not been communicated in an appropriate manner to us or our constituents."

 

Further meetings and discussions on clarification will be held at the start of the New Year.