HC Deb 01 May 1947 vol 436 cc273-4W
Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the habitual unpunctuality of the train due to leave Kettering at 8.26 a.m. on weekdays and to arrive at St. Pancras at 9.56 a.m., causes inconvenience to passengers from Kettering having morning appointments or other business in London; and whether he will take steps to have the running of this train improved or its times of arrival and departure stated in the timetables with some nearer approach to accuracy.

Mr. Barnes

The arrival time of this train at St. Pancras was altered to 10.25 a.m. from 21st February, when additional stops between Bedford and London were scheduled so that the 9.07 a.m. from Bedford could be withdrawn in order to save fuel. The alteration was advertised on blackboard notices at Kettering. With the better weather, timekeeping has improved, but speed restrictions due to permanent way work are having some effect. During the weeks ended 12th and 19th April the daily average period of late arrival at St. Pancras has been 16 and eight minutes respectively.

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