Tuesday, July 16, 2019

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN BRIGG NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT


How many people living in Brigg today don't realise that the town still has a railway station on the national network?
We pose that question after being informed that a passenger on Saturday (July 13) boarded a train at Brigg for the very first time, to visit Cleethorpes.
"She's only just recently found out there's a railway station in Brigg despite living in the town for 12 years," Brigg Blog has been told by one of the people working hard to try and promote the local line.
Brigg Blog replied to our correspondent that we know people who've lived in the town a lot longer than that who think our railway station closed long ago!
It should be stressed that passenger trains only run on Saturdays, which has been the case for more than a quarter of a century.
Please help to spread the word; Brigg station is STILL OPEN.
On Saturdays you can board trains heading to Barnetby, Grimsby Town (very close to the main shopping centre) and Cleethorpes. Or head in the other direction to Kirton Lindsey, Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield.
Change trains at Barnetby to go to Lincoln, or at Sheffield to get to the Meadowhall shopping centre.
The main seven-days-a-week passenger service between Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Sheffield takes a different route via Barnetby and Scunthorpe.
But every Saturday three trains in each direction also run along the Brigg line.
Summer offers families the chance to board trains at Brigg station and enjoy a day at the seaside in Cleethorpes.
Apart from the humble efforts of Brigg Blog, from time to time, how else can people find out that our station is still in business?
The British Rail logo appears on a few road signs in the town, showing motorists where to find the station (via the Monument roundabout and Bigby Road).
The station's name also appears on a sign near the Hewson House council offices at the end of Albert Street.
You can search online for train timetables from Brigg but that presumes people know there's a station operating in the town.
Could, or should, we be doing much more locally to get this message across?

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