Friends of Corby rail station launched

Local rail campaigner Jim Wade, centre, with members of Together for Transport at Corby station
Local rail campaigner Jim Wade, centre, with members of Together for Transport at Corby station

A Friends of Corby Station group has been launched to campaign against rail fare rises and to safeguard the service’s future.

One of the group’s first activities was to take part in a survey, handing out hundreds of postcards to passengers to find out how they rate the town’s rail service and what they think about fares, which are set to rise again in January 2013 by 4.2 per cent.

The event on Friday was organised by national campaign group Together for Transport and its spokesman said: “Our rail fares are already the most expensive in Europe and campaigners are concerned that Corby residents are being priced off the trains.

“In January a Corby to London annual season ticket will smash the £7,000 mark.

“Corby Railway Station has only been here for three years but already we’ve seen what a positive effect it has had on the town.

“Year on year, usage of the station is growing, and it’s bringing new businesses and people to Corby. But the Government’s commitment to above-inflation rail fares and cuts at stations across the country jeopardises this progress.”

Veteran local rail activist Jim Wade said: “We fought long and hard for our railway station and it breaks my heart to think of government policies eroding all the good work we’ve done. We need to make a stand for the sake of Corby’s future.”