MPs join forces in plea for direct rail service to London from Cleethorpes and Grimsby
THE MPs for Cleethorpes and Grimsby have joined forces to demand that a direct railway service from London forms part of the new East Coast franchise.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers and Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell have written to Transport Minister Simon Burns, who is currently overseeing a consultation on the franchise due to begin in December 2013.
They argue that as one of the franchise’s key objectives is supporting economic growth, then it ought to include a direct through-passenger service between Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town and London King’s Cross.
The MPs wrote: “The Government has indicated its support for the economic growth potential in northern Lincolnshire and these aims and objectives clearly support that. An additional boost could be provided by a through train service.”
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The pair point out that the Grimsby and Immingham dock complex is the largest in the UK with 25 per cent of rail freight tonnage moved by rail starting or ending there.
They propose that Immingham could be served by a stop at Habrough and other parts of the area by Barnetby station, which also serves Humberside International Airport. A new station with fast connections to London could eventually form part of Government plans for regional airport expansion.
Prior to electrification of the East Coast Main Line there were four daily trains between Grimsby/Cleethorpes and King’s Cross.