May 2022 Proposed Timetable Cuts
What's Going on?
There is a new timetable consultation that proposes the following changes/cuts to Baldock's services:
All London-bound Baldock starting trains are removed from service. This means your only south-
bound commuting options are now trains that start at Cambridge (or a few from Royston)
= FEWER AVAILABLE SEATS AT BALDOCK.
Our previous south-bound stopper service (during morning peak) will be converted to a semi-fast
service. Sounds good? Except this service simply replaces the lost starting service (so no gain) and between 7.15-9.15 am, there are now no south-bound direct services that stop at Hatfield or Welwyn. Many commuters to these stations will no longer have any direct route to work!
= SIGNIFICANTLY LONGER JOURNEY TIMES.
The resulting 2-an-hour semi-fast Thameslink trains will make additional stops prior to their arrival at Baldock = FEWER SEATS AT BALDOCK.
UPSET? We are too! but remember.
NONE OF THIS CHANGES IF YOU DON'T EMAIL THE CONSULATION ADDRESS
Where Can I see How this effects Me?
The quickest way:
If you want all the detail in one place:
If you want all the detail:
So How Do I Complain?
REPLY TO THE CONSULTATION EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW OBJECTING TO THE CHANGE
The Baldock Rail Users Group (RUG) feels this is a very poor proposed timetable for Baldock.
Particularly as the Baldock, Letchworth and Royston RUGs worked with GTR over the last 9 months
to review and propose a revised timetable that was (in our opinion) an acceptable compromise to all
the stations – retaining a mix of semi-fast and stopper services. However despite this compromise existing, GTR published the currently proposed timetable, claiming that tight deadlines with the Department for Transport meant the compromise option couldn't be put forward for the consultation.
We hope that by objecting to the proposed timetable, we (and the other RUGs) can force GTR and
the DfT to work with us to deliver the short-medium term compromise we supported. In the longer run,
Baldock will require, as a minimum, our pre-COVID capacity to serve the massive expansion of the
So this is what we would ask you to do:
Please send an email (which is the only way to respond to the consultation), by 5 the August 2021, to:
email@example.com . The subject must be 'May 2022'.
If you are comfortable sharing your response with us then please include firstname.lastname@example.org in either bcc or cc. This way we can make sure there are no 'lost' responses when it comes time to do the analysis.
Please feel free to express your views however you wish (firm is fine, rude is not please!). However we hope that you might make the points along these lines:
The proposed timetable is not acceptable for Baldock, as it results in the loss of a large proportion of
the morning London-bound available seats when boarding at Baldock.
To get to Hatfield or Welwyn in the rush hour, it will mean changing at Letchworth, which is an unacceptable loss of service for many of our towns commuters.
The loss of available seats from Baldock is not acceptable considering the planned 3000+ houses that will be built near Baldock station over the coming years. Capacity needs to increase not decrease.
We support the Baldock Rail User Group to work with GTR, and the other local Rail User Groups, and would expect as a bare minimum the compromise solution proposed between them to be implemented for the May 2022 timetable.