Edward Leigh MP has called for a fairer deal for Lincolnshire’s railway passengers in the month that rail fares have risen by 6% nationwide. The parliamentarian also highlighted the Gainsborough to Cleethorpes line, which has only three trains a week, and all on Saturday. Poor transportation links make it much harder for people to travel from Cleethorpes, and local businesses suffer accordingly.
Mr. Leigh noted that an Anytime Day Return from Market Rasen to London costs £150.50, or over 26% of the average weekly wage for someone in the constituency working full time. “That is not acceptable, and something must be done,” Mr. Leigh said in the Commons. “We must have less emphasis on the high-speed rail link and all those wonderful projects and more emphasis on helping ordinary people in rural areas.”