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.


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