News and Comment
TravelWatch East Midlands
- on bus passenger representation
TWEM has welcomed the plan to bring high-speed rail to more of the UK, but it will have only a peripheral effect on the East Midlands. As the proposed route will link London to Birmingham and then further north, it will leave the still under-capacity Midland Main Line to serve the majority of our Region.
See the full TWEM release here.
Seminar 15th June 2010
TWEM has announced it's next seminar, "Connecting the East Midlands: Improving Inter-Regional Public Transport?. This will take place at The VAL Centre in Leicester on Tuesday 15th June 2010. There will be keynote addresses by industry leaders. Full details and booking information will follow.
Derby-Leicester fare halved!
Following representations by TravelWatch East Midlands, local rail operator, East Midlands Trains has significantly reduced the the cost of a peak hour day-return journey between Derby and Leicester - from ?1 to ?0.50. TravelWatch East Midlands research revealed that a peak hour day return fare between Derby and Leicester (and vice versa) at ?1 was more than double that between Nottingham and Leicester (?.70). East
Midlands Trains has now agreed to halve the Derby fare - to ?0.50. Similarly, the peak fare from Market Harborough to Loughborough has been reduced from ?4 to ?2.50. TravelWatch Secretary Stephen Abbott commented that "TravelWatch will continue to lobby for a consistent fares structure for regional journeys across the East Midlands and these changes are a welcome step."
TravelWatch East Midlands is concerned that passengers are being let down by late notice of bank holiday rail disruption and has issued a News Release on this subject.
TravelWatch East Midlands welcomes the opening of a 2nd new rail station in our region, this year with the introduction of a regular hourly service from Corby to London and a daily train from Melton Mowbray. We have issued a News Release on this.
Rail Fares not Fair to East Midlands. We have issued a News Release on this.
TravelWatch East Midlands welcomes the new parkway which was opened on 26 January 2009 by Geoff Hoon MP, Secretary of State for Transport. The station, which is north of Loughborough on the Midland main line and close to junction 24 of the M1 motorway, is served by over 100 trains on weekdays. The station has four platforms, all fully accessible. The main entrance, station facilities and spacious concourse are on the west side, leading on to on the main northbound platform; the other platforms have canopies and shelters. There are 850 car parking spaces and a shuttle bus runs to East Midlands Airport every 30 minutes,
the journey taking 10-12 minutes. The station has it's own web site @ www.parkwaystation.co.uk/
We were at the opening and some of our pictures are here.
TravelWatch East Midlands welcomes the introduction of reduced parking charges at station car parks managed by East Midlands Trains, after 10.00 Mondays to Fridays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Examples are:
- Chesterfield ? per day off peak (? at other times)
- Leicester ? per day off peak (?1 at other times)
- Nottingham ?.50 per day off peak (? at other times)
However, we do have concerns that in many cases car parking charges are too high which could deter people from parking their cars resulting in them simply staying in them and not bother with the train at all.
Seminar 18th November
TWEM has announced details of it's next seminar, "A fairer deal for East Midlands public transport users?" See the news release about this.
March 2008. "Accessing the Railway". TWEM is committed to achieving a better
deal for users of public transport, but we are conscious of the need for an
efficient transport system to meet the sometimes conflicting needs of all users.
Please go to our publications page to see the full report.
March 2008 - Response to DfT bus consultation.
TWEM strongly supports
the Governments' aim of strengthening bus passenger representation, indeed it is long overdue. The overall
aim of the bus passenger's "champion" should be "to make things better for passengers". See
our full reponse here.