Politicians from Burton and Staffordshire have met with the Rail Minister to demand improvements to the town’s railway station. Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths, along with the Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Cllr. Richard Grosvenor, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Cllr. Mark Winnington, and Deputy Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Cllr. Jacqui Jones took their case to the Minister Paul Maynard MP at the Department for Transport’s offices in London.
When shown photographs of Burton’s station, the Minister described it as ‘hideous’. The area’s politicians called on the Minister to reject the bid from East Midlands Trains to continue to operate the East Midlands line if they failed to commit to improving Burton’s station.
Andrew said: “A town as big as Burton with planned growth in the future deserves a better gateway and a better first impression than with the station we have now. We are urging the Rail Minister to ensure the future operator of that line commits to improving the station if they expect to be successful in winning the franchise.”
Cllr. Richard Grosvenor said: “East Staffordshire Borough Council is well aware of what local people think about the appearance of Burton train station and want something done about it. I hope that the Minister will take on board what we have said and we can now see some progress.”
Cllr. Mark Winnington added: “This was a very positive meeting and it was great to see the Minister so keen to hear what we had to say. The improvements we discussed would send the right message to businesses looking to invest in Burton.”
Cllr. Jacqui Jones said: “We have been trying to get a commitment to improvements for years and no, with the franchise up for renewal it is crucial that the voice of Burton is heard and that any new rail provider commits to delivering the improvements we all want to see.”
Andrew has also urged for more carriages and more frequent train services on the Derby to Stoke line which runs through Uttoxeter. At present passengers are often faced with one-coach trains and services which made it impossible to reach Uttoxeter by train before 2.30pm on race days.