A LABOUR MP has said that the town ‘deserves more’ after it emerged that LNER will only run one train to London a day.
However, a Conservative MP has confirmed six or seven services will run in due course.
Andy McDonald Labour MP for Middlesbrough, said: “We are now told there will only be one train a day from December of this year, with little chance of that increasing until 2023 – that is not good enough and Middlesbrough deserves better.”
By May 2022, if the new timetable goes ahead LNER will run one train a day to London from Middlesbrough.
The service will stop at York, Doncaster, Retford and Peterborough.
Simon Clarke, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: “It’s great news that Middlesbrough is getting a direct train service to King’s Cross and it will enter its first phase by the end of this year. Initially there will be a daily service operating to and from the capital but having spoken to LNER I can confirm that their intention is to bring this up to six or seven services, each way, per day from the end of 2022 and this will represent a fantastic asset to Middlesbrough.
“The major investment from the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, has greatly improved our region’s railway stations. Middlesbrough Station in particular has seen the benefit of a £34million upgrade, a large part of which was spent extending platform 2 so that it can accommodate LNER’s Azuma trains and bring back our direct Middlesbrough/London service. This is a really exciting time for our railways and this is an important part of working to level up the life chances on Teesside. The work is not finished. I do have concerns about the proposed time table changes affecting Darlington, however we are engaging with operators to set out the options that will deliver the best services for our area.”