Train services in MK

There's a chance today to say how you'd like rail services in Milton Keynes to improve.

MK Council's Economic Development and Enterprise Select Committee is holding a public meeting, to give people a chance to talk to representatives from the train companies - like London Midland and Network Rail - which work in Milton Keynes.

The meeting is being held on Tuesday 16th March at 7.30pm in Meeting Room 2 at the Civic Offices.

In September last year the council's External Scrutiny Panel looked at the issue, and noted concerns about things including punctuality and overcrowding.

Today's meeting will look at those issues, but will also discuss the impact of the new High Speed Two Rail Line which was announced last week and which will connect London to Birmingham.

Councillor Isobel McCall, who's chairing the meeting, told Heart:

"My understanding is that it will free up capacity on the line so it will mean that more trains will be able to go up and down through Milton Keynes. But I'm wondering whether it will mean that we have fewer intercity connections than we have now. And that's the sort of thing I'll be wanting to ask about."

And Councillor McCall says a good train service is essential for the area's economy:

"For Milton Keynes it's really important that as the city grows, if we're to boost our economy and to grow our economy that we have good rail services connecting us well with the rest of the country and that people can commute in to work and commute out to work."

Click here to read more about the High Speed Two Rail Link.