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Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, defends rail services
The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has urged rail companies to ensure services do not suffer when a new rail franchise is created.
Lynne Featherstone met companies currently bidding to run the new Thameslink, Southern & Great Northern Franchise – which includes rail stations in Haringey.
The franchise will use government investment to improve services with longer, more regular, and more reliable trains in and out of London.
But stations such as Hornsey and Harringay could have fewer services as a result of the new trains which would be too long to stop at their platforms.
Last year the Liberal Democrat MP began a campaign against losses of service at the smaller stations.
At a meeting last week, Ms Featherstone suggested platform extensions at the smaller stations would ensure the newer, longer trains could stop just as regularly.
She said: “The Thameslink services currently suffer from reliability problems, overcrowding, and dated trains, so I do very much welcome the huge investment in the Thameslink Franchise.
“However, it is vital that there are no service reductions at our smaller local station – particularly Hornsey and Harringay.
“Residents have shown that they agree by overwhelmingly supporting this campaign.
“Rest assured that the local Lib Dems and I are pushing both the bidders and the Department for Transport to ensure that no services are lost at these stations as a result of the new franchise.”
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