Passenger usage at Corby Railway Station have seen another increase for the period 2014-2015.
The Office for the Rail Regulator (ORR) figures are 270762 thousand compared to 255834 thousand for the period 2013-2014
David Fursdon a member of Railfuture East Midlands branch said “The year on year increase since the station was
reopend in 2009 proves it is a well used service to the town.However Mr Fursdon believed passenger numbers would be even higher if the connections at Kettering to travel North were reduced to change trains from 58 minutes.
We have raised this iissue with East Midlands Trains on a number of occassions without success.
There is more good news though with the relaying of the second railway line between Corby and Kettering now well underway.
When completed by the end of this year I undersatnd capacity will increase on this route by 50% and enable more frequent services to be run.
More trains are expected to serve Corby almost certainly every half hour when the Midland Main Line Electrification extends to the town via Wellingborough and Kettering.
At the moment there is an hourly service to London St Pancras International.
The completion date for Electrification is open to question following the governments pausing of the scheme last year and then giving the go ahead to restart the project.
A possability is for services to be extended further than London to serve Gatwick Airport and Brighton as does the current Thameslink service from Bedford to Brighton.
A major contribution to the on going success at Corby Railway Station is the fantastic contribution made by the ticket office staff and staff at the Loco Coco Cafe who are only to help the traveling public.
Not forgeting Jim Wade who adopted the station in conjunction with East Midlands Trains.The flower tubs on the platform carefully attended to by Jim are admired by one and all”
Finally Mr Fursdon said “I am delighted we have achieved so much in the past seven years but looking to the future the improvements promised are needed and the increase in passengers numbers make this work viable
to ensure the Corby rail service improves to benefit rail users traveling to and from the town and help further Corbys