Hayes to headline transport talks with group in Spalding

New Transport Minister John Hayes and a campaigner for better bus, rail and road services in England and Wales are to meet with Spalding commuters next month.

Friday, 19th August 2016, 6:00 am
Spalding & Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott (second left) with representatives from Network Rail, East Midlands Trains, forum members and Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant (right) at the town's rail station. Photo by Tim Wilson.

James MacColl, head of campaigns for the charity Campaign for Better Transport, and Mr Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, will join the public and members of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum at a meeting to be held at South Holland District Council on Thursday, September 22 at 7.30pm.

The meeting is the first important set of talks about Spalding and South Holland’s transport network since a conference attended by business leaders, train operators and officials from Lincolnshire County Council in Spalding last October.

Transport forum chairman George Scott said: “Transport is becoming an issue around this area and a recent study showed that Spalding isn’t particularly well-served.

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“We’ve been trying to build on the Lincolnshire Transport Conference last October and this is the first meeting we’ve been able to hold since then.”

Mr Scott added that the meeting was also a chance for forum members and guests to discuss the possible impact of plans to create a directly-elected mayor for Greater Lincolnshire, with responsibility for transport.

“The Campaign for Better Transport and the forum are dealing with the possibility of mayoral elections for Greater Lincolnshire, as well as the possible opening of new railway stations, including Littleworth (in Deeping St Nicholas),” Mr Scott said.

“We’ve not given James a full briefing on our meeting, but we have asked him to talk about rural transport and the biggest point now is to get the public to come along.”