Passenger numbers up again at Corby Railway Station
Passenger numbers at Corby Railway Station are up again.
More than 270,000 people used the station for the period 2014/15, according to figures from the Office for the Rail Regulator.
And the numbers are likely to increase even more once ongoing improvements are complete, says a member of a rail users group.
David Fursdon, a member of Railfuture East Midlands, said: “The year on year increase since the station was re-opened in 2009 proves it is a well used service to the town.
“However, I believe passenger numbers would be even higher if the connections at Kettering to travel north to change trains were reduced from 58 minutes.
“We have raised this issue with East Midlands Trains on a number of occasions without success.
“There is more good news, though, with the re-laying of the second railway line between Corby and Kettering now well under way.
“When completed by the end of this year I understand capacity will increase on this route by 50 per cent and enable more frequent services to be run.
“More trains are expected to serve Corby, almost certainly every half hour, when the Midland Mainline electrification extends to the town via Wellingborough and Kettering.
“At the moment there is an hourly service to London St Pancras International.
“The completion date for electrification is open to question following the Government’s temporary pausing of the scheme last year.
“A possibility is for services to be extended further than London to serve Gatwick Airport and Brighton, as the current Thameslink service from Bedford to Brighton does.
“A major contribution to the ongoing success at Corby Railway Station is the fantastic contribution made by the ticket office staff and staff at the Loco Coco Cafe.
“Not forgeting Jim Wade, who adopted the station in conjunction with East Midlands Trains.
“The flower tubs on the platform carefully attended to by Jim are admired by one and all.
“I am delighted we have achieved so much in the past seven years but looking to the future the improvements promised are needed, as is the increase in passengers numbers, to make this work viable to ensure the Corby rail service improves.”
Passenger numbers went up from 255,834 during 2013/14 to 270,762 during 2014/15.