Cross and unimpressed by Cross Country franchise consultation


Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on commuters, businesses and ‘anyone who is proud of Plymouth’ to respond to a rail consultation that suggests fewer trains from Cornwall coming into Plymouth.

A motion on notice is to be considered at Full Council today in response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on its plans for the Cross Country rail franchise.

The consultation document suggests that Cross Country trains to and from Penzance to the Midlands and the north should end at Plymouth and has described this part of the UK as an ‘extremity’ of the country.

The motion is asking for the Council to agree to:

Respond to the consultation and make clear that the proposals as they stand affect Plymouth and should be rejected.
Ask for the Peninsula Rail Task Force to campaign against these changes to these Plymouth services

The motion is bought by Council leader Tudor Evans said: “Businesses, commuters and anyone proud of Plymouth need to look at this and comment on the implications.

“The proposals mean that people commuting to Plymouth stations from Cornwall will no longer be able to rely on services by Cross Country. The gains we are making on one hand with new trains for GWR are being taken away under these proposals.

“I shall be writing to the minister to remind him that Plymouth is not at the end of the line or an extremity, but a city which is home to the biggest naval base in Western Europe, has the largest concentration of manufacturers in Southern England outside of London, a burgeoning food and drink sector as well as a huge marine sector.”

Full details about the motion visit http://democracy.plymouth.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=89128

To view the debate visit https://plymouth.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/356324