Traffic, Route and Ticketing
A warm Saturday as well as the Brigg Farmers Market brought customers out to use the Brigg Line.
Despite the warm weather coal traffic has returned to the Brigg Line, and on Saturday a rare event of two coal trains passing through Brigg within 10 minutes of each other sandwiched between the 1114 Cleethorpes to Sheffield service meant the crossing gates at Brigg level crossing were closed for a long time, it was a bus situation where you have nothing for ages then 3 turn up at once.
A bargain ticket anomaly has been found again, the £11.70 Adult Return fare from Brigg to Penistone on the South / West Yorkshire boarder is valid to travel via Leeds, if you buy a walk on fare you are allowed to break your journey on the outward and return potions, this means people in Brigg can have a day in Leeds on a Saturday for £11.70 where if they were to ask for a Brigg to Leeds return it would be £27.70 !
A few passengers took the train from Brigg to Gainsborough Central on Saturday but again the £9.10p return ticket is putting many off travelling from either station to each other.
We are now having a situation where the station is getting vandalized each week in some form.
This week it was the turn of the Sheffield bound waiting shelter to suffer damage, a FOI request has gone into the British Transport Police but we believe the recorded crime incidents at Brigg station this year is between 20-30.
The Community Rail Partnership has brought up the security of Brigg Station with the train operator in recent weeks and will do so again this week, we have come to the point where the station needs to be fenced and gated off, this will mean that the station can be tided up and we can have things like planters and banners on the station.
On the plus side the proactive Brigg Town Business Partnership are working with the Brigg Line Group to promote visiting Brigg with a new design of posters and banners that you will hopefully see very soon at stations.
After a 14 week wait the first posterboard at the entrance to Brigg station have received its useful information poster again, this gives customers details of phone numbers and contact details withing the railway to help them with their journey.
Kirton In Lindsey
The new Community Rail Partnership have with the help of Stagecoach Buses, First Trans Pennine Express, West Lindsey District Council & ACORP have produced another travel guide, this time for Kirton In Lindsey and the surrounding Villages.
The link to the travel guide is below, it may be of note that the train operator of the Brigg Line did not cooperate again just like the Gainsborough Travel Guide.
TRAVEL GUIDE KIRTON IN LINDSEY