Friday, July 26, 2019
SHOPS, PUBS, EATERIES AND BRIGG FARMERS' MARKET CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM PUBLICISING OUR LOCAL TRAIN SERVICE
Brigg Town Council is helping to publicise the Saturdays-only passenger train service to Sheffield and Cleethorpes, and the fact that the town still has a working railway station.
Trains can be used by Brigg people for day trips and by residents of Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and other areas of Lincolnshire to come to town for the farmers' market, special events, shopping, a bite to eat and pub visits.
Town Clerk Dinah Lilley told the authority's July meeting, held on Monday evening (July 22), that correspondence had been received by the council from a member of the public, suggesting a need for improved marketing.
She thought information about public transport on the council's website might help.
Coun Rob Waltham pointed out that train guides were available in the town's library and at the Tourist Information Centre, while the British Rail logo was displayed on some roads leading to the station.
Coun Jane Kitching suggested that a noticeboard outside Hewson House could be used to display the Brigg Line timetable.
Coun Waltham, who is the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, was delegated to sort this if a request was received from the person who contacted the Brigg authority requesting assistance.
Brigg Blog often makes reference to the railway station and its passenger service, in the hope that more people will take to the train.
Although day trips to Cleethorpes, Sheffield and other destinations don't benefit the Brigg economy, there's a huge catchment area of potential shoppers living along the line who can come by train to pay us a visit.
The route from Sheffield via Retford and Gainsborough (opened in the 1840s) is a scenic one in places and also includes the lengthy Kirton Tunnel at Gainsthorpe.
People from Cleethorpes and Grimsby can also opt to come to Brigg.
The monthly Brigg Farmers' Market is an obvious draw; there's one coming up this Saturday (July 27) from 9am until mid-afternoon.
The award-winning market is organised by North Lincolnshire Council and has been operating since 2001.
Summer generally sees the highest attendances, depending on the weather!
There's also a smaller general Saturday market which operates at the same time, in the Market Place.
Those who opt to come by road can enjoy FREE car parking, courtesy of North Lincolnshire Council's concession.
PICTURED ABOVE: A previous summer farmers' market.