Lynne Featherstone MP pushes for vital improvements to local rail services

Lynne Featherstone MP outside the Department for Transport, holding the document which confirms there will be no losses of services at Hornsey and HarringayLynne Featherstone MP today contacted all of the shortlisted bidders for the Thameslink Rail Franchise, requesting that they commit to make vital improvements to local rail services in their bids.

In September, the Hornsey and Wood Green MP and Haringey Lib Dems’ campaign to save local services was successful, with the Department for Transport confirming that no services at smaller stations such as Hornsey and Harringay would be lost. Evening services to Moorgate will now run later, and on weekends, too.

Following this announcement, the Liberal Democrat MP contacted local residents and asked what further improvements they would like to see to local rail services. These suggestions have now been outlined in a letter to all bidders, and include concerns about accessibility, capacity, facilities and safety.

The bids are due to be submitted by the 24th December, with the successful bidder taking over management of the Thameslink Franchise and services at local rail stations from September next year.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was a huge relief when the Lib Dem campaign to save services at our smaller local stations was successful. Local residents really got behind the campaign – and now they have let me know what improvements they want to see under the new franchise.

“Accessibility is a huge issue for our local stations – making it incredibly difficult for the elderly, disabled people and people with pushchairs to use the services. I have therefore asked for lifts or ground level access to be installed.

“Greater capacity at peak time and longer platforms at Harringay and Hornsey would also go a long way to easing overcrowding and we need better facilities, such as toilets and display boards, too.

“I have asked that the bidders take this on board when preparing their final submission, and I look forward to working with whoever wins to ensure Haringey rail users get the best services possible.”