Calls are being made for rail services to be improved on the Watford Junction-Euston line ahead of a shake-up.

The government is asking for feedback from passengers and interested bodies about the future of services as part of a consultation into the new West Coast Main Line.

These services, from Watford Junction into London and up to the Midlands, and on the Abbey Line, are currently managed by London Midland. The new franchise period will run from 2017.

Watford MP Richard Harrington met with London Midland managing director Patrick Verwer yesterday to discuss the service and launch his survey on the service.

Speaking about the consultation, Richard Harrington said: "Many of us commute into London for work each day and I know very well how delays and problems can affect us.

"I have made representations on the common complaints I receive from train users but it will only bolster what I am saying if you respond to my survey and let the Department for Transport know what you think.

"This is a once in a decade chance to get big improvements."

Sending his own response to the consultation, Mr Harrington said: "Our train services are plagued with delays and cancellations.

"On top of this the Abbey Line is underutilised and inefficient. Out of these franchise negotiations I would like to see a much better deal for Watford.

"There are two recurring issues which must be solved in the next franchise period - a shortage of rolling stock and a lack of drivers, which cause short formed trains and outright cancellations.

"The franchise holder must commit to investing in both."

Speaking about the need for Watford Junction to be redeveloped, Mr Harrington added: "Watford Junction station itself is overcrowded, as are the trains.

"Footfall has doubled in under 10 years as rail travel as become more popular.

"The Met Line line link toWatford Junction, and the potential for a link to Crossrail, are hugely positive developments but will mean the station gets busier.

"We must plan ahead and commit to redevelop the station so that it is fit for purpose."

To view Mr Harrington's survey, click here. 

To view the consultation, click here.