Naked rambler Nigel launches Cottingley Station rail service campaign

Nigel Keer

Cottingley resident Nigel Keer, who last year sprang to national fame in the press and on TV  as the ‘naked rambler’ after receiving a court fine for tramping around Otley Chevin wearing nothing but a baseball cap, boots and a backpack, has launched a campaign for better train services on his estate.

Nigel has launched the Cottingley Rail Users’ Group (CRUG) after becoming frustrated over the lack of servies calling at the south Leeds Station – and he claims the services that do call at Cottingley are often overcrowded.

CRUG is campaigning to:

  • Promote Cottingley railway station, which is only five minutes from Leeds.
  • Campaign for earlier trains to Leeds to connect with the 07:00 to London KX and the 07:10 to Aberdeen.
  •  Campaign for two trains per hour ALL day.
Speaking at the Cottingley TRAC meeting last night, one-man-band Nigel said:
“I am just sick about the trains in Cottingley – there aren’t enough at peak times and beyond and they’re always overcrowded. They’re like a sardine tin. The poor service puts people from the estate off from using the trains, which is a shame.”
One resident pointed out the lack of disabled access at the station, but another at the meeting in Cottingley Primary School, said more services and the station becoming more popular could lead to more people parking in the estate streets.
Nigel is urging people to take part in his survey on the station on the CRUG website.
South Leeds Life reported last December on reports to the Fix My Transport website about overcrowding on trains using Cottingley’s line.