‘Bemused’ passengers ask for MP’s help with busy Manea to Cambridge train service

PUBLISHED: 17:33 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:33 17 March 2016

MP Steve Barclay at Manea railway station when it celebrated increase passenger numbers

MP Steve Barclay at Manea railway station when it celebrated increase passenger numbers


Local MP Steve Barclay is demanding answers over a busy commuter train service running via Manea to Cambridge.

Mr Barclay, the North East Cambs MP, has written to Claire Perry, transport secretary, asking why the busy 7.38am CrossCountry Service only has two carriages while less busy services have three.

He said: “A number of constituents have contacted me to raise concerns over the 7.38am CrossCountry Service from Manea to Cambridge.

“The service is extremely busy, with commuters travelling to Cambridge, holiday makers with large cases making their way to Stansted Airport, alongside passengers, some of which are with bicycles. Despite ongoing, serious overcrowding, there are only two coaches.”

Mr Barclay said his constituents have expressed ‘bemusement’ as “many other services running through Manea station run with three coaches, however, the busiest service of the day only runs with two coaches.”

He has also written to Andy Cooper, managing director of CrossCountry, to request them to look at running an extra coach and to explain what steps need to be taken for this to happen.


  • Steve, it doesn't take too much working out. It's because some of the Cross Country sets have 2 coaches and some have 3, whereas most actually need 4. Perhaps if you made your friends in the private Train companies actually spend some of their massive profits on extra coaches we wouldn't have this problem. The other problem of course is that the 3 coach trains are needed for the busies section of the route between the very large cities of Leicester and Birmingham - who cares about tinpot places in the Fens like March, Manea, Ely and Cambridge?

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    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • How typical of the Conservatives. They've been in charge of the railways for over 6 years and were responsible for privatising it, yet can't understand why there's not enough coaches on trains!

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    Thursday, March 17, 2016

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