'No plans' to close Ashwell station

PUBLISHED: 08:14 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 04 May 2010

TRAIN operator First Capital Connect says it has no plans to close a village station. Commuters voiced concerns about the future of Ashwell and Morden Station at a road show which took place at Ashwell and Morden Station yesterday (Wednesday). It was arra

TRAIN operator First Capital Connect says it has no plans to close a village station.

Commuters voiced concerns about the future of Ashwell and Morden Station at a road show which took place at Ashwell and Morden Station yesterday (Wednesday).

It was arranged by First Capital Connect (FCC) to explain timetable changes, which will affect the Great Northern route between Cambridge and London King's Cross.

Sarah Duckett from Ashwell and Morden rail users group, said: "The changes have resulted in more 'seats' for Ashwell and Morden, but we get a slower and less frequent service.

"Our speed and frequency of service is compromised to enable FCC to deliver a faster, better service for inter-city stations such as Cambridge.

"Over-crowding on trains is an issue, and I support FCC in trying to address this. Some of the changes are necessary.

"I would like reassurance that the speed and frequency of the train service will not be reduced even further, and that there are no plans to ultimately close the station."

A First Capital Connect spokesman said there were "no plans" to close the station, and added: "We believe the new timetable will improve our service on the Great Northern route."

The new timetable will come into force on May 19. A similar road show will be held for users of Royston station next Wednesday, March 18.

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