Andrew George Urging People To Support Sleeper Service

Penzance Railway Station

The Islands’ MP is urging local people to make their views known and to support the campaign to retain the intercity and sleeper services to Penzance.

The current service is under threat as the Great Western franchise is up for tender.

Andrew George says people need to make their views known before the end of the public consultation period on 31st March.

Mr George said, “Five years ago we successfully campaigned to retain the Penzance sleeper service. The six nights a week service is often full and oversubscribed. It should be retained and enhanced, extending it to seven nights a week, upping the carriages and increasing the patronage on the service.”

He added, “With regard to daytime services between Penzance and Paddington, what local people want more than anything else is reliability, comfort and competitive pricing.  Suggestions that we should concentrate only on shaving 15 to 30 minutes off the service time between Paddington and Plymouth is not as important.”

First Group, who run the current service, announced last year that it was taking advantage of a break clause to bow out of the franchise three years early from 2013.

The Government is inviting tenders for what could be a shorter franchise, but there are fears that shorter contracts would not give operators the confidence to invest in new rolling stock and they’ll cut services instead.


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