Posted 18/04/2012 by Extra Newspapers Online in Local News

Passenger rate grows at station

Numbers up 90 per cent in three years

FIGURES show that there has been a significant rise in passengers using Corby Railway Station.

It is only three years ago since the station opened and passenger numbers have grown in that time by almost 90 per cent.

The increase has delighted East Midlands Trains, which operates all passenger services to and from Corby to London St Pancras International.

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the third anniversary of Corby station, and are pleased that the past three years have proved so successful.

“The number of passengers using our train services from Corby has increased by almost 90 per cent from 2009/10 to the current year (2011/12), which has far exceeded our expectations and demonstrates the important role of this new station.

“Our staff  have played a large part in making sure Corby station has been so successful and have worked extremely hard to promote our services from Corby.”

The supportive staff earned praise from David Fursdon, a member of Railfuture, who said he was not surprised at the big jump in passengers using the service.

“Corby Station is a major asset to the town and a big part of its ongoing regeneration. Commuters and leisure travellers have all contributed to making Corby station successful.”

He added: “Usage would be even higher if we had improved northbound connections at Kettering.”

The increase in passenger journeys has been helped by the recently refurbished times and  an average journey time of one hour ten minutes from Corby to London. The Corby station cafe Loco Coco is also reporting increased business providing a welcome service to rail users.

Better access for foot passengers between the railway station and town centre will be provided when the Corby Walk is extended via a footbridge into the station forecourt.

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