Islanders Support Rail Franchise Campaign

Penzance Railway Station

Scilly’s member of Parliament says he’s had over a dozen emails from islanders and regular visitors who are unhappy that there could be fewer through trains from London to Penzance from July next year.

Some people have written to voice concern about the additional difficulties passengers may face having to change trains at Plymouth if the number of through trains is cut from 9 to 6.

The franchise tender documents ask applicants to tender for both levels of service. Andrew George says he’s started a petition and more feedback will help him encourage the Minister to back applicants who don’t want to cut the services when they put in their bids for the 15-year franchise.

The closing date is October and the winner will be announced in March.

The Government has made the 6-day sleeper service a franchise requirement.

First Great Western Trains, GW Trains, NX GW and Stagecoach have all stated an interest in running the service.


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