The Quarterly Village Publication produced by Barrow upon Soar Community Association

Editorial


Barrow station safe
– or is it?

‘Ivanhoe Line’s future is safe’ ran the headline in the Loughborough Echo on 27th January.The story explained that despite Leicester City Council withdrawing its funding, the future of the rail link between Loughborough and Leicester calling at the villages of Barrow Sileby and Syston was secure. Central Trains announced it was committed to keeping the service going and felt that by including the villages’ route in its timetable through to Nottingham, passengers could look forward to an even better service.
It is disappointing that the City Council pulled the plug on its funding because it felt that Leicester was not getting enough out of the investment.After all People using the line either to get to work or for leisure purposes are spending money in shops, bars and restaurants and generally adding to the prosperity of the city. However, there is now a further potential threat to the Ivanhoe Line’s future, Only days after the Echo’s article,The Leicester Mercury was claiming that ‘Transport ministers have revealed isolated rural stations could be closed to make cuts in the government’s £6 billion-a-year rail subsidy.” Central Trains revealed the worrying statistic that Barrow was in the top three least used stations in the county, along with Bottesford and South Wigston.

No plans have been revealed yet but Barrow Voice will be keeping a close eye on any developments