Now is the time to make Kirton calls for improved train service along the Brigg line
IF Monday to Friday passenger trains are to be restored for Brigg and Kirton Lindsey now is the time for local councils, people and groups to demonstrate a demand to train companies and the Government.
The Department For Transport in London is asking all local councils to get in touch if they wish to promote the Gainsborough Central to Brigg line.
This exercise is in the light of the current Northern Rail franchise being due end in April 2014.
It is also 20 years since the service from Sheffield Midland to Cleethorpes - through Brigg and Kirton - lost its weekday service.
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The Department For Transport plans to make an announcement about the rail re-franchising programme this spring, 2013.
Brigg and Kirton stations only receive passenger trains on Saturdays - three in each direction between Cleethorpes, Barnetby and Sheffield.
The line enjoyed heavy investment in new track and bridges a few years ago from Network Rail, but is only used for freight on weekdays.
If Monday to Friday passenger services returned on the Brigg line it would offer North Lincolnshire a shorter route to London.
Brigg to Sheffield trains connect with the mainline at Retford in Nottinghamshire - nearer to London than Doncaster, which is the connecting station for Scunthorpe.
Reduced mileage to London from Retford is reflected in lower travel costs.