NORTH Staffordshire MPs are calling for improvements to be made to the rail service which serves the Staffordshire Moorlands only main line station.
East Midlands Trains have been criticised for operating a poor quality service on the Crewe-Derby line which passes through Blythe Bridge station.
Stoke-on-Trent South Conservative MP Jack Brereton told Parliament: “Many of the current services are currently inadequate and do not cater for the needs of our areas.
“We need to see longer trains and more frequent services to better meet the needs of passengers.”
Newcastle Labour MP Paul Farrelly described the service as a ‘joke’ and told fellow MPs at Westminster: “Anyone who has taken the slow, crawling bone-shaker of a ride from Stoke-on-Trent to Crewe well knows what I mean.”
Stoke-on-Trent North Labour MP Ruth Smeeth said: The lack of capacity on the Crewe-Derby route is a matter of regular complaint from my constituents. The size of trains, often consisting of just one carriage, is frequently insufficient to meet the needs of passengers.”
An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: “We are fully supportive of the drive to push for improvements on the Crewe-Derby line.
“There has been a huge increase in passenger numbers on many regional routes, such as Crewe-Derby, and now more carriages are needed for our network to improve capacity and provide a better service on these routes which play a crucial role in connecting local communities.”
The current franchise on the Crewe-Derby line comes to an end in March 2019.