A petition against plans to radically change train services in the north of the county has attracted 4,000 signatures.
The ‘Save Our Trains’ petition opposes a proposal to end direct intercity trains for Luton, Luton Airport, Bedford, Wellingborough, Melton Mowbray and Oakham.
Plans are also on the table for a reduced service between Leicester and Kettering.
If the proposals go ahead, passengers travelling north from Wellingborough will have to change on to the reduced service at Kettering.
Ben Foley of the Green Party and East Midlands Rail Campaign, who set up the SaveOurTrains.co.uk petition, said: “If enough people join the 3,700 who have already signed the petition, we have a real chance of not just stopping the worst of the proposals, but of ending with the best train service yet on this route.”
The petition also opposes the decision to scrap the electrification of the line north of Kettering.
The plans could also see journey times increase because of slower trains and lines.
Samantha from Burton Latimer signed the petition.
She said: “Why should there be fewer trains when current trains are already overcrowded with many people paying and having to stand?
“Also does the Government think fewer people want to go north of Kettering or fewer people north of Kettering want to travel south?”
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has also written to Mr Grayling to on behalf of Wellingborough Council over its concerns.
There will be a public consultation event organised by the Department for Transport at Wrenn Academy on Doddington Road, from 6pm to 8pm on Monday, October 2nd. See the Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/140431043237396/
It will give local people a chance to ask questions and air their views. If you can’t get there you can upload the consultation here -https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630614/east-midlands-rail-franchise-public-consultation.pdf