Stephen McPartland
Working hard for you
in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

I understand the frustrations of passengers as I am a commuter myself and the services have just not been good enough. I have provided updates here and here, if you have missed them and copies of my responses to the consultation are available here for anyone to read.

I have been in daily contact with Govia. I have met with the Secretary of State several times and been in almost daily contact with him on a range of issues. I welcomed the resignation of Charles Horton, the Head of Govia and I apologise once again to all those affected.

It has been my intention throughout this period to focus on ensuring we have an emergency timetable that works and can provide a reliable and consistent service to passengers. It has become clear that the preparations for introducing the new timetable were not good enough and the Inquiry that has been announced will get to the bottom of this.

The emergency timetable has now stabilised and the new timetable, due to have been rolled out in May, will be ready next month. My focus is on ensuring that the increases in services are delivered in a carefully planned manner. The improvements for Stevenage and Knebworth are immense, with many more trains, thousands more seats and new destinations.

Yesterday I met some of Govia’s senior team and planners at Kings Cross. I saw them at work and discussed some of the inconsistencies that the emergency timetable has created for our area. It is clear the staff at Govia are working around the clock to try and resolve the issues under significant pressure. They ran me through the processes they are undertaking for the significant step change in services we will see next month and worked with me to resolve a number of issues. For example, the following departures from Kings Cross will all call additionally at Stevenage from tonight until the new timetable is fully rolled out next month:

Dep Wttid Origin Destination Typ
16:54 1R46 KINGS X BALDOCK 17:35
17:24 1R48 KINGS X ROYSTON 18:12
17:54 1R50 KINGS X BALDOCK 18:35
18:24 1R52 KINGS X ROYSTON 19:14
18:54 1R54 KINGS X BALDOCK 19:35

I have tried to get the best service for my constituents and there have been a number of additional services we have been able to introduce for both Knebworth and Stevenage over the last few weeks. However, I will not be satisfied until we have all the benefits of the new timetable for both of my stations.

My campaign for tickets to be accepted at London Terminals for those using the Thameslink services, is making progress and the Secretary of State confirmed last night that his Department is working on the details. I am hopeful, we can reach a successful conclusion shortly, as this will transform how people access the tube system if we are successful.

I will retain my focus on getting a reliable service for Stevenage and Knebworth. I will continue to provide updates and if you have a specific issue you would like to raise, then please do email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Pupils at Barnwell School can now take time out between lessons and studying to enjoy a game of outdoor table tennis, thanks to the generosity of local Councillors, Doug Bainbridge, Matthew Hurst and Alex Farquharson. The councillors, together with Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, visited Barnwell to see the tables in use and demonstrate some of their own hidden talents.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "It was great to try out table tennis at Barnwell School and a big thank you to the local Councillors who donated the money to provide these facilities. The students were certainly enjoying themselves and explained how they appreciate the quick break from studies to recharge themselves."

Funding was provided through the Stevenage Borough Council local community budget to pay for two outdoor tables on the Upper School Campus. Since the tables were installed, at the start of term, they have proved very popular with Barnwell students, and are in regular use (weather permitting!).

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was pleased to welcome 1decision founder Hayley Sherwood to Parliament. The video-led PSHE programme developed by 1decision empowers children to make choices to keep the featured characters safe and healthy.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “1decision is a fantastic platform which provides children with essential information to encourage positive choices.

“I was very impressed with how interactive 1decision is and how engaged the children were. It is a great tool to help children on how to behave safely in a range of situations.”

Hayley Sherwood said, “It was a wonderful occasion to be able to showcase our programme to the policy-makers who attended.

"Through effective PSHE education children need to understand personal boundaries and gain the knowledge, vocabulary and confidence to cope when they are faced with a difficult situation or dilemma. By empowering children with these skills they will know what to do if they come across something they think is wrong. For the current generation, this will help them as future adults, and in turn their children, and with a sustained effort we can improve society long-term. Education is the solution.”

1decision is part of Headway, a social enterprise to help provide our children, and those who teach them, with the most up-to-date, sophisticated, high quality and engaging materials possible.

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