Layla Moran is calling for more CrossCountry services to and from Oxford and for improvements for passengers and cyclists as the Government launches a consultation on the future of the franchise.
The Department for Transport yesterday (7th June) launched a public consultation about plans for the next CrossCountry franchise which comes into force in December 2019.
Government minsters are asking for views about services, routes, improvements to trains and journey times as they seek to reduce overcrowding, improve facilities like WiFi and ensure value for money for passengers. People have until 30th August to respond to the consultation which is available online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/cross-country-rail-franchise
Oxford West and Abingdon’s MP Layla Moran has said the Government must deliver services for Oxford that are more frequent, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers.
Layla Moran commented:
“CrossCountry offers useful direct services from Oxford to the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Bournemouth and Southampton but time and time again I get complaints from residents that trains are too short, are chronically overcrowded and that the services aren’t frequent enough.
“As part of this review into future CrossCountry services I’ll be calling for more services to and from Oxford and – crucially – for those services to have longer trains with decent facilities like WiFi and cycle storage so that when people book a ticket they have some expectation of a seat and somewhere to store their bike.
“I also want the Government to consider using the new franchise to offer more direct routes between Oxford and the rest of the country, as well as a review of ticket prices which are often really high given the length of the journey.”