Alex Chalk MP has welcomed an announcement from Arriva Cross Country (AXC) that they intend to run an additional early morning 200 seat train service from Cheltenham to Bristol and through to Exeter. Across the day, AXC plan an extra 1000 seats with more use of high speed trains.
The proposals are going out to public consultation and will run until Sunday 2 January 2017.
Alex Chalk had lobbied Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP for improvements to the service. He received a commitment from the Minster and Arriva that they would look to reduce overcrowding and increase flexibility.
The Cheltenham MP then took his campaign both online and onto the platform at Cheltenham to canvas the opinions of local commuters
Alex Chalk said: “I had a tremendous response from local rail commuters when I asked for their support. I wanted to hear their views about the current service, the timetable and how it might be improved. I’m extremely grateful that so many people took the time to let me have their thoughts. This allowed me to make a strong case for improvements.”
Alex Chalk continued: “I'm delighted that Arriva XC has listened and is proposing some specific upgrades for the Cheltenham routes. There will be an extra 1,000 seats per day between Bristol, Cheltenham Spa and Birmingham. We will benefit from better use of high capacity High Speed Train (HST) sets.
“I particularly welcome their plan for an additional early morning train from Cheltenham to Bristol and through to Taunton and Exeter. That gives us an extra 200 seats at a key time of the morning. I know from my conversation with commuters that this would be a really welcome addition for travellers. This is a great result for “platform power”.