Adam Thompson: Labour Party activist

Adam Thompson

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An open letter to Maggie Throup MP on removal of rail services in Erewash

I have recently written to Maggie Throup about the removal of the Nottingham-Matlock rail service and its consequences on our community. You can read the the full text of the letter below, and sign the petition to reinstate the line here. If you want to email Maggie about this issue too, you can find her at maggie.throup.mp@parliament.uk.

Dear Maggie Throup MP,

I am writing to you today regarding the removal of the Matlock to Nottingham train line, which I am sure you are aware used to pass through Long Eaton station, serving residents in Erewash. In June 2021, East Midlands Railway (EMR) withdrew the direct service between Matlock and Nottingham. At the time, EMR attributed this removal of service to staff shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this withdrawal of service was billed as temporary, in October 2021 EMR permanently withdrew the Matlock-Nottingham, service effective from December’s timetable change. Rail passengers in Erewash travelling for leisure, education and employment have seen a huge level of disruption, with a single rail journey typically increasing from 45 minutes to nearly 2 hours at peak times.

This withdrawal of service having a severe effect on our Derbyshire’s recovery as we return to work, resume education and begin to travel again for leisure post-COVID. You will also be aware of the growing movement towards more environmentally friendly forms of transport, such as trains, and the damage that increasing our society’s reliance on cars is causing. The rising costs of living are also a great factor in how local people use transport, and the generally high costs of rail travel in the UK grossly limit people’s ability to travel around the country. I would also like to draw your attention to petition created in relation to this issue, which, at the time of writing, has been signed by over 10,000 Derbyshire residents. You can find that petition here.

Removal of this service, and services like it, is a great detriment to people in Erewash, Derbyshire and the wider nation. I ask you today to use your position as our MP to put pressure on EMR to reinstate the Nottingham-Matlock line, and work towards a solution that is of benefit for local people and EMR. I would also ask that you engage with your colleague the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, as I know many of your local Conservative colleagues have recently done.

I look forward to hearing back from you in the near future.

Best wishes
Adam Thompson