business leaders in Doncaster are claiming success in their campaign to improve the town’s rail link with the capital.
Doncaster Chamber of Commerce was one of the organisations lobbying for more trains to and from London and yesterday it was confirmed there would be extra trains added to East Coast main line services.
The new timetable, which starts on May 22, will provide an extra three million seats a year on the route from Yorkshire to Kings Cross and back.
From Doncaster there will be 15 new services each weekday, more frequent trains and quicker journeys.
Operator East Coast says it is the biggest change on the route in a generation.
“It will deliver more services, more seats and a much improved pattern of services for millions of passengers,” said managing director Karen Boswell.
The announcement was welcomed by the Doncaster Chamber, which had been lobbying the Government, but they are still hoping for more rail growth.
Daniel Fell, head of policy at Doncaster Chamber, said: “For a long time Doncaster Chamber had been urging the Government to invest heavily in the region’s transport and rail infrastructure.
“We welcome this announcement and the positive effect it will have on the town’s economy.
“Doncaster Chamber has had previous communication with Transport Secretary Philip Hammond regarding the need for this investment and is delighted by another significant lobbying win.
“However, the Government needs to build on this, by giving Doncaster the green light for their Regional Growth Fund bid for local infrastructure improvements to support and encourage private sector investment.”