New rail timetable under fire

Local rail operator Govia's draft timetable for next year is under fire from Liberal Democrat borough councillor Malcolm Cowan.

"In the previous round of consultation I pointed out how badly WGC and Hatfield would be faring compared with other less-used stations, and I am pleased that the borough council endorsed most of my comments, but nothing has changed. We now have real draft timetables and it is clear Govia have taken no notice.

"We are still left with just 2 trains per hour to St Pancras/Kings Cross, compared to 4 to Hitchin and 6 to Harpenden, both with similar usage to WGC.

"Still there will be no trains to and from Peterborough meaning a further change of trains to reach most InterCity services, including 23 minute wait at Stevenage for a southbound connection. Still we will have no additional trains, unlike say Baldock, with just one-fifth as many passengers as WGC, which will have 4 trains per hour. And still Welham Green and Brookmans Park will have less trains off-peak than now.

"But now we find that peak trains from WGC to London will take either 30 or 35 minutes whereas Welwyn North gets 2 trains per hour to London in 19 minutes, and return home in the evening in just 17 minutes, as well as slower trains.

"There is also the problem that because all our trains are set to go to Cambridge, if there is disruption between Hitchin and Cambridge, we would get no trains until services are revised.

"This is just not good enough Passengers should look at the proposals at and make their protests."

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