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MP and Councillors discuss Burton train station with East Midlands Trains

Friday 2nd March 2018 (Andrew Griffiths)
MP and Councillors discuss Burton train station with East Midlands Trains

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths arranged to meet representatives of East Midlands Trains to discuss the state of Burton train station.

Andrew also invited Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council Richard Grosvenor, Deputy Leader Jacqui Jones, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member Mark Winnington as well as officials from the County Council. The local politicians raised their concerns about the facilities available at the station, as well as the general upkeep and condition of the site.

At the meeting, it was agreed that a steering group with representatives of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and East Midlands Trains would be set up, to draw up a proposal for the work to be done.

Andrew Griffiths said: “We had a constructive meeting with East Midlands Trains, and they took on board our concerns about the facilities available at Burton station.  The steering group will now be looking at what can be done to make the station better for all travellers and those visiting Burton.

“The next step is for us to meet with Network Rail, who own the building of the station itself, to press the case for substantial improvements, and I will be arranging that in the coming weeks.”

The meeting comes after Mr Griffiths arranged an earlier meeting with the Rail Minister when both he and the councillors explained that they do not believe East Midlands Trains should be awarded the next franchise for the East Midland line if they do not commit to improving Burton station.

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