The deadline for the consultation on changes to train services to or through Royston proposed to start next year is this Thursday (27th July). The proposed timetables can be seen at https://www.transformingrail.com/download-timetables. Whilst there are improvements in the service at some stations it is clear that there is a problem with the proposals for Royston.
The biggest problem is that the current evening fast trains will cease to run (or rather, they will no longer stop at Royston). This means that people who work late or return from an evening in London will have a much longer journey home.
There is also a problem in that no morning peak hour trains will start at Royston. Since these are currently the only trains on which Royston people can get seats, this will make many people’s journeys much worse.
There is a simple solution to both these problems:
- Start the two morning trains that are planned to start at Baldock at Royston.
- Stop some of the evening Cambridge fast trains at Royston (and possibly Letchworth), as happens at the moment.
Edward Carder, who commutes from Royston (and is a LibDem member), has launched a petition about these changes which you can sign at https://www.change.org/p/great-northern-govia-keep-the-evening-fast-trains-to-royston-and-letchworth-after-19-12. You can also respond to the train company’s consultation by emailing email@example.com. But please do it today, as the deadline is Thursday!