Stevenage station under ‘huge pressure’ due to additional passengers

PUBLISHED: 15:02 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 11 July 2018

Commuters trying to get on a packed train at Stevenage railway station. Picture: Gordon Cowan

Commuters trying to get on a packed train at Stevenage railway station. Picture: Gordon Cowan

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MP Stephen McPartland says that commuters driving to Stevenage from nearby towns to get the train is putting “huge pressure” on the station.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland says commuters from nearby towns are putting pressure on Stevenage train station Picture: Stephen McPartlandStevenage MP Stephen McPartland says commuters from nearby towns are putting pressure on Stevenage train station Picture: Stephen McPartland

Amid uncertainty that has been instilled into commuters for weeks, the MP has stated that some have been coming to Stevenage hoping for a more regular and reliable service.

Last week Mr McPartland secured further London North Eastern Railway – formerly Virgin – train stops in Stevenage to help ease pressures until Sunday’s interim timetable is rolled out.

He said: “A further challenge we have at the moment is the number of people from nearby towns commuting into Stevenage by car to travel to London, as we have more seats and services throughout the whole day than any of them, plus the LNER trains.

“For example, on the current timetable I have nine services scheduled between Stevenage and London from 7am to 8am, whereas Hitchin has four and others two.

“This is placing huge pressure on our station and adding to the overcrowding on some services.”

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