Corby railway station will stay open this weekend

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Corby railway station will open tomorrow despite fears it may have to shut over staffing issues.

Passengers were warned today (Friday) that the station may have to close its doors on Saturday because there weren’t enough members of staff available to keep it open.

It would have meant that no-one could visit the ticket office, the automatic ticket machine or the cafe.

But after rail campaigners complained, and the Northants Telegraph contacted East Midlands Trains which runs the station on behalf of Network Rail, it appears a member of staff has now been found to man the desk.

Rail campaigner David Fursdon, who was among Railfuture members who successfully campaigned for the reopening of the station in 2009, said: “I was so angry when I heard the station may be closed.

“There were five members of staff at the station and now there are only three as I believe the other two have left.

“Holidays and days off meant that there was no-one to open the station tomorrow.

“The trains would still have been running but no-one would have been able to buy tickets from the station or the automatic machine.

“I couldn’t have seen this ever happening at Kettering or Wellingborough stations.

“Our passenger numbers are consistently rising. We really want to keep the good reputation of Corby station and we do not want to see the station building closed.

“This is a serious issue for us and we will do everything we can to make sure that the station is open every day.”

Corby had its own railway station between 1879 and 1966 but, apart from a brief three-year respite in the 1980s, the town was the largest in the country without its own station for 40 years.

Rail campaigners joined local politicians in a successful drive to reopen the station, gathering 10,000 signatures from local people, and it reopened in 2009.