MP has a say on Rugby’s rail prospects

Mark Pawsey at Rugby railway station NNL-160908-175806001
Mark Pawsey at Rugby railway station NNL-160908-175806001

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has highlighted the importance of rail links for Rugby residents.

In his response to the Department for Transport’s Inter City West Coast Rail Franchise consultation Mr Pawsey spoke about the importance of Rugby’s strong rail links.

He emphasised the need to protect the 50 minute commuting time from Rugby to London, as well as expanding on current services.

Mr Pawsey said: “Alongside many local commuters, I travel to and from London on the train each week so I understand the importance of ensuring that the new franchise delivers the service that Rugby residents want, and need.

“Rugby, as the fastest growing town in the West Midlands, needs to ensure that the strong transport links that are so vital for our local economy can be maintained and built upon.

“I would like to see a better integration of public transport services between bus operators and train operators, and I will continue to work closely with local residents and service operators to ensure that Rugby continues to benefit from an affordable, reliable rail service.

“I also welcome the work done by the Rugby Rail Users Group in promoting the interests of Rugby’s rail users. I fully endorse its call for improvements in the service between Rugby and Birmingham International, particularly during the morning.”

He has previously spoken about the need to improve services at Rugby Station during a debate in Parliament.

Tim Hosker, speaking on behalf of Rugby Rail Users Group, added:“The Inter City West Coast service, currently operated by Virgin, serves Rugby very well. But there’s always room for improvement.

“Mr Pawsey has focused on the main issues, but we would also highlight the need for more direct express services to Crewe, the North-west and Scotland.”