MP backs Lincoln rail park and ride

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Conservative MP for Gainsborough Edward Leigh is backing plans by the county’s branch of Railfuture for a rail-based park and ride system in Lincoln.

As previously reported, the Lincolnshire branch of Railfuture agreed to back plans to reopen Langworth and Washingborough railway stations.

This would be part of a park and ride system alongside Cherry Willingham, North Hykeham, Saxilby and Swinderby according to campaigner Graham Lilley.

As part of the proposed new plans, visitors to the university could park up outside of Lincoln and take a train directly into the university’s own platform.

Sir Edward Leigh said: “Railfuture Lincolnshire is right to be stirring up debate on the future of rail services in the county.

“My constituency has four railway stations – Gainsborough Lea Road & Central, Market Rasen and Saxilby. Later this year we are getting regular services between Gainsborough Central and Sheffield again.

“I continue to press for better services between Cleethorpes and Lincoln but also a return of direct services on this route to London, which would benefit Market Rasen.

“I would certainly like to see proposals brought forward for a rail-based park and ride scheme, perhaps with a new station at Cherry Willingham or seeing if former infrastructure, like Langworth, could be brought back into use.”

Graham Lilley added: “I am still confident that this metro-style system will be a relevant cheap-fix to Lincolns traffic problems, benefit Lincoln’s nearer villages, and integrate nicely with Lincoln’s industrial areas, bus services and waterway system.”