Save Our Trains

In November 2016, Conservative Candidate Kevin Foster, in conjunction with the Herald Express, launched a campaign to save the vital train services connecting Manchester and Birmingham to the Bay.

As things stand, from December 2017 Torquay and Paignton could lose two trains each weekday to Birmingham and Manchester. Constituents in Torquay and Paignton (and much needed tourists!) would therefore be left with just one weekday train to Birmingham and Manchester, leaving at 0702, and no direct train to Torquay and Paignton from Manchester and Birmingham.

Equally worrying – Cross Country makes NO reference in the document to the future of direct services between Torquay/Paignton and Manchester/Birmingham at the weekends.

Kevin has already held crisis meetings with CrossCountry Trains Managing Director and Head of Communications, and is planning to present a petition in the House of Commons Chamber before Christmas, urging both the House and CrossCountry Trains to reconsider their proposals.

We would therefore ask that you print a copy of the attached coupon and return it to the Herald, or to sign the petition electronically by visiting this link. Kevin's staff will also be out and about around the Bay collecting signatures over the next few weeks, and we will of course keep you updated with any developments via the usual channels.

Kevin said, 

“I am disappointed to say the least about these proposals from Arriva/Cross Country Trains – and the manner in which they have announced them. There has been no press release or briefing to local Members of Parliament, and they issues relating to Torbay are hidden away in part of a 50 page consultation document contained on the train company’s website. Not good enough!
I cannot accept these proposals as they currently stand, as they will negatively impact on both my constituents and equally our much needed and valued visitors. I simply do not recognise the figures put forward by Cross Country to attempt to justify these changes – I frequently use the Birmingham/Manchester service myself and it is inevitably very busy. Put simply – we should be making it easier for people to visit the Bay, and these changes will make it more difficult."

You can read a copy of the consultation proposal document here and can respond to the proposals either at this link (although please consider carefully the wording of the questions), via email at or via post at CrossCountry Future Timetable Consultation, Freepost RRXU-HUEC-GLLY, 5th Floor Cannon House, 18 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 6BS. 


Update on Cross Country Trains Campaign

Local MP Kevin Foster and the Herald Express have had a fantastic response in collecting signatures for the petition to save the direct train routes run by CrossCountry Trains from the North of England to the Bay.

Update on CrossCountry Trains Rail Service Campaign

In barely 2 days, Kevin's team and the Herald Express have already obtained over 500 signatures from local people and commuters on our petition, objecting to the proposed 70% cut in our direct train services from Manchester and the Midlands to the Bay.

CrossCountry Trains Campaign Update

Kevin's team have been out in the Bay today, collecting signatures for the petition to save our CrossCountry rail services.

Kevin Foster meets Cross Country Rail

This afternoon, local MP Kevin Foster chaired a meeting at Westminster with CrossCountry Trains CEO Andy Cooper, and their Head of Communications Richard Gibson.