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I was quite shocked and surprised by the report in the Advertiser that the Integrated Rail Plan was to cut the number of train services that would stop at Newark Northgate.

Presumably they are part of the Department of Transport, which clearly has no integrated planning policy but has separate sections dealing with rail, bus, aviation and so on.

It also clearly does not see that Newark is expanding.

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In addition, the line that serves Castle station from Lincoln to Nottingham (and beyond) needs additional services if Newark is to become a key tourist attraction.

Another concern is that apparently there is no bus service from Northgate Station to anywhere else.

While bus and tram services may be sufficient in the city and urban areas, they are not so in rural areas, and do not serve tourist destinations ­— when many people may not have their own form of transport in the future.

Having served in passenger transport on Merseyside, I have always considered the real solution was to integrate all types of services to fit the needs of passengers, whether that be work, social or tourism.

Considering the great number of rail lines that served the mining industry in the county, it is unfortunate that many have been built over when they could have been used for inter-connecting tramtrain routes.

At a time when we are being advised to give up our petrol/diesel cars in favour of electric ones, it is a great pity that some urban areas were denied the opportunity to re-introduce electric light rail systems by central government.

In the present rail problems outlined in the Advertiser and possible bus problems in the future, perhaps it is time for the county, borough and district councils to get together and outline the present and future needs of residents to parliament and bus and train companies. ­— A. M. Waddington, Sutton-on-Trent.

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