MP Pleased At Rail Tender Delay

Scilly's MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George, says he’s pleased that the tendering process for the Penzance to Paddington rail service contract has been delayed following his parliamentary question to Transport Secretary, Justine Greening and his meeting with Rail Minister, Theresa Villiers, last week.

The Government wants to cut the commitment to six instead of nine through-trains each day.

But Andrew George says the delay might be a sign that Ministers are listening.

He’s warned that business customers having to transfer to smaller, crowded trains at Plymouth won’t be impressed if they spend two hours with luggage on their laps.

Scilly’s Tourism Team say a number of visitors, particularly elderly tourists, find the through train useful and Sophie Hughes says the Steamship Company has driven more meetings with the current operator First Great Western in the last fortnight to try and promote through packages to St Mary’s.


4 Responses to MP Pleased At Rail Tender Delay

  1. Omega August 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    To be honest, the through train from Reading to PZ or a change over at Plymouth are both as bad as each other with regards to comfort and safety! They are both overcrowded, noisy and have no where to leave your luggage other than in the corridor which is unsafe and you are constantly worrying about your bags in case someone runs off with it! Unfortunately we will probably never use the train again unless it was first class (which is too expensive) or it’s a sleeper service. But from a tourism point of view it is important to keep the skanky things…

  2. BillW July 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I wish Andrew George well with this – like IanT the journey ( in my case from Reading ) on the HS125s, old as they are, is part of the holiday experience ( especially if I’m lucky enough to get a cheap ticket ! ). I suspect many others feel this way – the proposed reduction in service seems idiotic ( and potentially another reason, albeit a small one , not to come back…….. )

  3. IanT. July 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

    My wife and I use the train to get to Penzance for economic reasons (the return fare is less than two days parking at the heliport) as well as pleasure (as driver I get to see the countryside). We book an Intercity but if our return from Scilly is delayed we can be forced to use the ‘two-coach wonder’. This can be a nightmare! If we are lucky we can get a seat but our luggage will become buried under heaps of others which block the gangways as well. We have to leave our seats at least ten minutes before our desitination to retrieve our cases and fight our way to an exit. This is all totally unacceptable for many reasons especially safety.
    I have no real problem with the Intercity trains terminating at Plymouth as long as the onward journey to and from Penzance is adequately provided for as it always was when diesel locos first replaced steam and the two-coach wonders hadn’t been thought of.

  4. Kastri July 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I for one opt to drive if I can’t get a through train. The change to a packed small train for 2hrs is a nightmare!