MP demands extra train services from Kettering

Philip Hollobone MP
Philip Hollobone MP

An MP has called for the reintroduction of half-hourly train services on the mainline north from Kettering.

Speaking in Parliament last week, Philip Hollobone asked Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, to put pressure on operator East Midlands Trains to bring back more frequent services to Leicester, Derby and Nottingham, which have been cut since the service from Kettering to Corby was opened in

The Kettering MP said: “The branch line from Kettering to Corby that was introduced a few years ago has been hugely welcome, but a negative knock-on effect is that the service on the main line going north from Kettering has been cut from a half-hourly service to an hourly service.”

He asked Mr Hammond: “Now that line speeds on the midland main line have increased, will the Minister put pressure on East Midlands Trains to reintroduce a half-hourly service going north from Kettering on that line?”

Mr Hammond promised to consider his request during the next franchise negotiations.