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Railwatch 073 - October 1997

East Midlands

By Anthony Kay

Corbyrail The branch has offered to assist consultants Symonds Travers Morgan with their study of prospects for a reinstated passenger service to Corby. They are working for a developer who is proposing a station near an Asda superstore, and are studying the possibility of a Kettering-Corby-Leicester service as well as a Kettering-Corby shuttle. Meanwhile, Railtrack intends to rebuild the Corby signal box and upgrade the whole Kettering-Oakham line so that Midland Main Line can use it as a diversionary route next year.

Fare-dodging eliminated? A Loughborough housewife has claimed that fare-dodging is rife on the Ivanhoe Line, with its three unmanned stations between Leicester and Loughborough. However, the line's operators say their regular spot checks show that Leicestershire rail passengers are among the most honest in the country, with only two being caught without a ticket in a recent check of 1,300 passengers during the morning and afternoon peak periods. From a shaky start, patronage of the line is now improving, with a 25% increase in the past 12 months.

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