Rail minister will meet with Gedling MP Tom Randall and discuss lack of trains at Burton Joyce and loss of direct route to Matlock

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Rail minster Wendy Morton has agreed to meet with Gedling MP Tom Randall to discuss how rail services can be boosted in the borough.

The invitation for talks was made by Randall during Transport Questions in the House of Commons yesterday.

The Gedling MP told the House: “There is a widespread view in Gedling borough that rail services could be improved.

“For example, Carlton has recently lost its service to Matlock and many trains pass through Burton Joyce station without stopping.

“I continue to have discussions with East Midlands Railway (EMR) about how they might reach the maximum services in the agreement between them and the Department.

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“I welcome the opportunity to meet the rail minister to discuss how Gedling borough’s stations might fulfil their potential.”

The Minister of State for Transport, Wendy Morton, MP, replied: “I can assure him that we are working with the operator to consider what further changes might be possible, subject to passenger demand and the cascade for trains into East Midlands Railway.

“I would be very happy to meet with [Randall] to discuss this in more detail.”

During the Coronavirus pandemic, as a result of lockdowns, East Midlands Railway (EMR) reduced its train services throughout Gedling borough.

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PICTURE: Tom Randal in the House of Commons

Following feedback from residents and community groups, Mr Randall and local Gedling Borough Councillors met EMR in August last year to discuss their post lockdown plans for increasing services again.

The MP now has a follow-up meeting scheduled for April between EMR, the Borough Councillors for Trent Valley and local community groups to get an update on progress.

Speaking after Transport Questions, Mr Randall said, “Residents across Gedling borough tell me that they would like more train services at stations in Carlton, Netherfield and Burton Joyce.

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A train pictured leaving Carlton Station
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“I have been and will continue to discuss this with EMR and am grateful to the rail minister for agreeing to meet with me to discuss this too.

“The Department for Transport have an agreed contract with EMR on the train services we should receive. This is not being fulfilled to its maximum and I hope to help improve that by meeting with the Department for Transport and continuing discussions with East Midlands Rail.”

Deputy Gedling Borough Council leader Michael Payne has also been angered by the lack of services at the stations.

The removal of the direct service from Burton Joyce and Carlton stations to Matlock prompted the councillor to write to Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport and urged him to bring reinstate the route.

He wrote: “Residents across Gedling borough are disappointed and angry about East Midland Railway’s decision to permanently remove the service

“The direct route into the popular destination of Matlock provided excellent accessibility to the beautiful Peak District for local families.

“It is such a retrograde step for East Midlands Railway to have removed this important service.”

East Midlands Railway responded at the time to Mr Payne’s call for the return of the service.

The said they had ‘no plans to operate the direct link’ following last year’s timetable change.

They said there will be consultations into timetable changes in the coming years and ‘residents can feed into that process’. 

An EMR spokesman said: “Overall, our timetable change provides more seats, quicker journeys and a simpler and more resilient timetable for passengers.

“This includes the introduction of an additional train every hour between Nottingham and Derby as well as additional weekday evening services between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln.

“By extending our services from Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent through to Nottingham and Newark Castle we are introducing new direct journey opportunities between some of the largest towns and cities on our network.”

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