Monday, September 02, 2019
'VERY HEALTHY' PASSENGER FIGURES ANNOUNCED FOR BRIGG RAILWAY STATION
Half-yearly figures have just been announced for the once-a-week passenger train service that calls at Brigg railway station.
Three trains stop on their way to Grimsby and Cleethorpes on Saturdays, with three more heading to Gainsborough, Retford and Sheffield via Kirton Lindsey.
Brigg station's passenger total for 2019 currently stands at 878, we are told by a pro-rail travel campaigner.
This is described as being "very healthy" and highlights some excellent work undertaken to promote visiting Brigg by train - supported by the Brigg Town Business Partnership "as well through articles in Brigg Blog and on the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Facebook page."
Brigg is keen to attract visitors and shoppers from as far away as North Nottinghamshire and Grimsby/Cleethorpes.
The campaign's aim is to spread the word about trains to Brigg being available on Saturdays throughout the year.
This message is now being aimed at supporters of football teams, particularly from Yorkshire, whose teams are visiting Brigg Town FC this season in the Toolstation Northern Counties East First Division, which the Zebras have joined for the 2019/2020 season.
They include Armthorpe (near Doncaster) who played at the EC Surfacing Stadium (The Hawthorns) on Saturday and now applies to supporters of Rossington Main who will visit Brigg on Saturday, September 7.
Brigg people, of course, can also take the train to Cleethorpes for a Saturday at the seaside or change trains at Barnetby to enjoy a day out in Lincoln and other destinations.
The Office of Rail Regulation publishes annual figures for passenger station usage across the UK network.
Brigg is at an obvious disadvantage, having been reduced to a Saturdays-only service 26 years ago.
Hopes remain that passenger trains can be re-introduced on other days of the week, especially as this has been achieved in Gainsborough - just two stops from Brigg!