Action group tells rail chief to re-think plans

PUBLISHED: 13:50 21 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2010

ROYSTON Passenger Action Group is calling for train operator First Capital Connect to re-think train services. About 45 people attended the group s latest meeting, including First Capital Connect (FCC) managing director Elaine Holt and commercial director

ROYSTON Passenger Action Group is calling for train operator First Capital Connect to re-think train services.

About 45 people attended the group's latest meeting, including First Capital Connect (FCC) managing director Elaine Holt and commercial director Hugh Clancy.

Howard de Souza, from Royston Passenger Action Group, said: "We feel Royston is being sacrificed in order to provide Cambridge with a super fast service.

"The faster services from Royston are being cut back and replaced with slower ones but, as one of our members suggested, surely it would be better to have faster trains stopping at stations like Royston and Ashwell intermittently rather than a lot of slow ones."

As reported in the The Crow last month, proposed timetable changes will see the duration of the fastest journey from Royston to King's Cross increase from 48 to 54 minutes.

Mr De Souza added that the group were disappointed they had not been contacted by FCC during the initial consultation period.

However, he said the company have promised to take their views on board and return to consult with members again at the next meeting, scheduled for July 31.

A spokesperson for FCC said: "We had a constructive meeting with the Royston Passenger Action Group last week. We were delighted with the number of people that took the time to attend and put across their points of view.

"We are currently looking at the feasibility of all the comments made before we finalise our plans."

- For more information go to www.rpag.org.uk

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