Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is under pressure to get a village train station back on the rails – after official figures showed it was one of the least-used stations in the country.

Pegswood station in Northumberland had just 2,364 recorded “entries and exits” in the 2018-19 financial year. This is the number of people who entered the station to get on a train, or left the station having got off a train.

It suggests that the station is barely used. And that’s because it doesn’t provide enough services – even though local people would dearly like to more access to trains, according to local MP Ian Lavery.

Mr Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps calling for “immediate action”.

In his letter Mr Lavery says: “In the year 2018-19 Pegswood had just 2,364 recorded ‘entries and exits’. This is due in no small part to the fact that the train only stops there three times a day.

“The times of these services are inconvenient and inaccessible to a majority of local commuters with the first train leaving at 7:56am to head to Newcastle and the return services getting in at 6:21pm and 7:48pm (Mon to Fri) 8:07pm (Sat).”

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