Chiltern Railways plan to slash the number of trains serving Sudbury and Harrow Road station

The last evening train will serve the station at just 6.39pm under new timetable

A councillor is calling for transport bosses to draw the brakes on plans to halve the number of trains serving a station in Sudbury.

Under proposals by Chiltern Railways the number of trains stopping at Sudbury and Harrow Road station will be slashed from five to three.

In addition the last evening train would stop at the station at just 6.39pm – leaving many commuters stranded.

Cllr Chandubhai Patel, Liberal Democrat councillor for the Sudbury ward, has called on Chiltern to improve not decrease services to the station.

He said: “It’s a massive shame that Chiltern Railways plans to cut back journeys into the Sudbury area.

“Rail bosses seem to be cutting services to local Sudbury stations whenever they can.

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“I don’t think they [Chiltern] realise the amount of people in the ward it would affect.”

If the plans are given the green light they will come in to force in December.

A spokesman for Chiltern Railways said: “The timetable seeks to establish a regular interval timetable for Chiltern Railways passengers.

“To achieve this, it may mean fewer trains but a better spread of services at some locations. We would very much like to hear from those affected by the changes in the timetable during this consultation period.”

Members of the public can respond to the consultation by emailing or writing to Timetable Consultation, Chiltern Railways, Banbury ICC, Merton Street, Banbury, OX16 4RN.