Fewer seats between Bedford and Bletchley

Passengers using the Bletchley to Bedford line - could soon be in for a bit of a tight squeeze.

London Midland wants to cut in half the number of available seats during the day.

The train company's proposing to take off one of the carriages on the Marston Vale line after the morning rush hour from May onwards.

The line serves 12 stations including Bedford, Stewartby, Woburn Sands and Bletchley.

Richard Crane, from the Rail User's Association, told Heart it's come as a shock:

"Just a year ago we had a public meeting and the senior director who came from London Midland actually announced that it was their intention to remove the single coach train and to have all of the carriages by at least two trains."

And Mr Crane thinks it's come at the wrong time:

"There's already evidence of people coming back to the railway who have perhaps left it to use their cars instead. Suddenly to half the number of seats available, with all the overcrowding that will cause, just seems to fly in the face of all of our efforts to grow the service."

In a statement London Midland said: 

London Midland is proposing to move to a single carriage service in each direction during the off-peak on the Marston Vale Line from our May 2010 timetable.
 
We will be retaining the two carriage service for the peak school service during weekday mornings. We have consulted widely on the proposed changes and following representations from the Rail User Group, Community Rail Partnership and Passenger Focus, are now taking another look at the proposal.  To this end we will shortly be carrying out further passenger counts so we can assess the train capacity that we need.
 

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