Petition to CrossCountry Trains
Increase the number of 'InterCity' CrossCountry trains stopping at Gloucester Station
We need more trains on the Birmingham-Bristol InterCity service run by Cross Country, which in 2006 was foolishly allowed to reduce its services to Gloucester to 3 out of 63 trains a day on this route. For years I’ve said that 2016 was the crucial year to get things changed, when the franchise was reviewed and /or extended. That time is now. This week I submitted my formal letter to a Department of Transport ‘stakeholder’ consultation, with support from our Glos Local Enterprise Partnership (or LEP – the voice of business) and both City and County Councils. I also met twice with the Rail Minister Claire Perry so that she was absolutely clear about the Gloucester case. What happens next? DfT meets with CrossCountry to determine the changes and conditions under which the DfT extends their franchise for 3 years – critical for our chance of more trains on the Birmingham-Bristol service. This is our opportunity. It won’t come back for three years at least. So let’s seize the moment and show that Gloucester deserves more services. If you agree, and want something to happen, then do sign the petition. You can read my letter to the consultation here with further information.