Corby is ‘Railway planning in a Nutshell’

25 February 2009

ASLEF’s general secretary Keith Norman says that the new station in Corby underlines everything he’s been saying about a lack of proper planning in the rail industry. The Northants town’s new £17 million station re-opened yesterday – but because of a lack of rolling stock it only has one service a day! ‘It looks a first class facility,’ Keith says. ‘And it could be called the station with everything – except trains and passengers!

 

The single daily service which left for London yesterday was the first Corby to London train for 43 years. East Midland Trains has undertaken to provide an hourly service ‘as soon as we get the trains’. Keith confirmed, from the view point of a rail professional, that trains were a useful part of a railway service.

 

‘I know these are cheap points to make, but there is a serious side to this,’ he says. ‘For rail to have a future means planning and investing decades ahead. We are not doing that. UK rail needs a new culture of forward planning for passenger needs.’

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