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Railfuture  -  Britain's Number One Advocate for the Railway and Rail Users
 
 

Railfuture is the organisation for anyone who believes that the railway should play a bigger role in Britain's transport system.

If you are a rail user then Railfuture is here to help you. It is the only true 'rail passenger champion' throughout Great Britain, as it is independent from government, the rail industry, regulators, unions, political parties and other organisations. It exists solely to promote the railway for passengers and freight - supporting improvements and defending services. It campaigns for cheap and convenient rail services; a good passenger experience; better links for buses, bikes and pedestrians; policies to get more heavy lorries on to rail; new lines, stations and freight terminals.

Britain's railway is vital and it matters to everyone. Even if you don't travel by train you still benefit from the railway as a road user - roads couldn't cope with millions more cars and lorries. Without the railway being used to move goods and materials around the country then prices at the supermarket would be higher and even electricity costs would rise.

Railfuture is operated by volunteers, freely giving their time to lobby all arms of government, national and local, along with the rail industry. Working with the network of rail user groups across the country it representing rail users in Britain with thousands of affiliated and individual members. It is funded by annual subscriptions for its members (individuals, families, businesses) and affiliated groups.

Railfuture helps improve rail services by, for example, face-to-face meetings with government ministers and speaking to the people in the rail industry who can make things happen, inviting senior rail repsentatives to branch meetings. It produces research, including conducting independent passenger counts at stations and on-board trains. Tell Railfuture your views by attending our meetings, which are held throughout East Anglia and are free to attend, or one of our national conferences, which usually cost around £30 including lunch and refreshments. Why not invite a Railfuture representative to speak to your organisation?

Railfuture is the campaigning name of the Railway Development Society Ltd (RDS), which is a not-for-dividend company limited by guarantee. It was formed in 1978, although its origins date back to the 1950s.

 
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What is the Railfuture  East Anglia Branch?
 
 

The East Anglian Branch of Railfuture, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2012 (see East Anglia 40th Anniversary Celebratory Leaflet) covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, North Essex, North Herts, East Beds, i.e. eastwards of the following stations:
Peterborough-Huntingdon-Hitchin-Stansted-Halstead-Colchester

Train services are currently operated by
First Capital Connect on the Great Northern line,
Greater Anglia throughout East Anglia,
East Coast calling at Peterborough,
East Midlands Trains operating to Norwich and
Arriva Cross Country operating to Stansted Airport.

Railfuture nationally has around 2,500 members, of which around 220 members belong to the East Anglia branch. Members receive a quarterly newsletter "RAIL EAST" and there is also a monthly news service, on this web-site, called Snippets.

 
 
What the Railfuture  East Anglia Branch Does
 

The East Anglian branch holds four meetings a year for its members, which are open to the public, usually in Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich. There is usually a guest speaker from the rail industry. For a list of recent meetings, see Branch Meetings.

Branch members are very active. See: List of Branch Activities.

A key campaign is the Oxford-Cambridge East West Rail Link - please see www.railfuture.org.uk/Ox-Cam.

The branch issues press releases on important matters. See: List of Branch Press Releases.

 
Latest News about Railfuture   -   Last updated on 18th December 2013
 
Latest News:
Rail East issue 160 (December 2013) uploaded - see PDF (28/11/2013).
Rail East issue 159 (September 2013) uploaded - see PDF (15/09/2013).
Details of last branch meeting in Norwich on Saturday 28th September - See Meeting Flier
Rail East issue 158 (June 2013) uploaded - see PDF (04/06/2013).
Dominic Lund-Conlon of Essex County Council was the planned guest speaker at our branch meeting in Colchester on Saturday 15th June - See Meeting Flier
Rail East issue 157 (February 2013) uploaded - see PDF (13/02/2013).
Derek Haynes, Chairman of the Holt, Melton Constable and Fakenham Railway, was the guest speaker at our branch AGM in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 23rd February - See Meeting Flier
Richard Eccles of Network Rail was the guest speaker at the well-attended branch meeting on Saturday 8th December 2012 at the Central Library in Cambridge - See Meeting Flier (14/10/2012).
Railfuture East Anglia 40th Anniversary Celebratory Leaflet - see PDF (25/09/2012).
David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, was an excellent speaker at the branch meeting in Norwich on 29th September 2012 - See Meeting Flier (23/05/2012).
TJ Noomen of Greater Anglia was the main speaker at branch meeting in Colchester on 23rd June 2012 - See Meeting Flier (23/05/2012).
Documents:
Railfuture East Anglia branch analysis of Greater Anglia franchise commitments (elected at AGM) - uploaded on 03/02/2013.
Railfuture East Anglia branch secretary - role definition (elected at AGM) - uploaded on 03/02/2013.
Railfuture East Anglia response to EDF Energy consultation on Sizewell C (2012) uploaded on 29/01/2013.
Railfuture East Anglia response to Cambs County Council consultation on Cambridge Science Park station (2012) uploaded on 29/11/2012.
Railfuture East Anglia response to Norfolk Rail Prospectus consultation (2012) uploaded on 19/11/2012.
Ipswich Chord track diagram (produced by Spencer, September 2012) uploaded on 23/10/2012.
Railfuture repsonse to A14 consultation uploaded on 20/02/2012.
Railfuture repsonse to Ely level Crossing consultation uploaded on 10/12/2011.
Network Rail Station RUS Overview focusing on East Anglia stations (as presented at the Ipswich 2011 branch meeting) uploaded on 26/06/2011.
East Anglia station footfall for 2010 (as mentioned in RailEast 150) uploaded on 12/06/2011.
Railfuture East Anglia correspondence with East Coast about Eureka timetable (as mentioned in RailEast 150) uploaded on 12/06/2011.
Railfuture East Anglia appraisal of East Coast Dec 2010 draft timetable (as mentioned in RailEast 150) uploaded on 12/06/2011.
Railfuture East Anglia comments on HS2 for official response (as mentioned in RailEast 150) uploaded on 12/06/2011.
Gallery:
Peterborough station: new station concourse - uploaded on 14/07/2012.
Beccles station: passing loop construction - uploaded on 14/07/2012.
Cambridge station: Island station construction - uploaded on 04/12/2011.
Ipswich station: new disabled-compliant platform - uploaded on 03/07/2011.
Important Dates:
Key Contacts:

RAIL EAST Branch Newsletter:
No.161 - Submit articles by 15th January 2014
Dispatched: February 2014

Next branch meeting:
Saturday Sat 22nd February 2014, 14:00.
Friends Meeting House
St Johnís Street
Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ

Railfuture Conferences:
Click HERE to book online.
Summer: Saturday 21st June 2014 - Cambridge

Other Events:
http://www.railfuture.org.uk/tiki-index.php?page=Events

Contributions for Snippets:
Martin Thorne: martin.thorne1(AT)ntlworld.com
Jerry Alderson: jerry.alderson(AT)railfuture(DOT)org.uk

Contributions for RAIL EAST:
Chris Burton:
cfb79ten(AT)googlemail.com

Snippets and RAIL EAST back issues on the web:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/martin.thorne1/RailfutureEA
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/martin.thorne1/RailfutureEA/rail_east.htm

 
How to join Railfuture
 

Annual membership is available to individuals, businesses and public organisations such as local authorities. There are special rates for OAPs, students and the unemployed.

Join online using your credit/debit card or PayPay account on the national web-site - click Join Now.

Join by post by downloading an application form from this site: PDF Membership form.

 

 

Members in the UK receive quarterly editions of Railwatch Magazine. Non-members can also subscribe to Railwatch magazine. It is also available from a few station bookshops. (Back-issues of Railwatch can be found on: http://www.railwatch.org.uk/backtrack.

NEW MEMBERS

Membership Secretary (David Harby):
Railfuture, 6 Carral Close, Lincoln, LN5 9BD.
E-mail membership(AT)railfuture.org.uk.
Please send a completed copy of the form with a cheque made payable to "Railfuture".

EXISTING MEMBERS

You will receive a renewal form with your last edition of Railwatch. Please click here to renew online or complete the form and send it with a cheque to the address on renewal form. Members can also join the monthly draw, which helps to fund our campaigning.


 
 
Archive of Railfuture  East Anglia Branch News "Snippets"
 
The most recent editions of East Anglian branch Snippets are available on this web-site:
2014
News stories to be announced
2013
Planning consent for Cambridge Science Park station; DfT says Cambridge-Bedford link is essential; New platform at Peterborough opens
Chancellor of the Exchequer supports faster rail services in East Anglia; Greater Anglia Class 379 Electrostar EMU to run on battery power for trial
Councils vote £50 towards East West Rail Link western section; fears that busway may need major expensive repairs
Progress being made on half-hourly Cambridge-Norwich service; Cheaper train travel as First Capital Connect expands super off-peak tickets
Greater Anglia Class 379 emu to have batteries fitted for independently-powered test running; Guided busway dispute with BAM Nuttall settled
First Capital Connect announces £31m mid-life overhaul Class 365 trains
Passenger trains start using the Hitchin flyover; Legal deadline passes so Evergreen 3 construction can commence
High Court dismisses 'Evergreen 3' rail route legal challenge; Mid-Norfolk Railway operates its first passenger trains north of Dereham
Huntingdon railway station to be refurbished; Class 321 train upgrade completed as London-Norwich carriage overhaul announced
Government extends First Capital Connect franchise until September 2014; East Coast operator to private sector in 2015
Railfuture Wisbech-reopening online petition attracts substantial support; Greater Anglia wins Train Operator of the Year award
DfT to extend First Capotial Connect contract by 28 weeks followed by direct award; 50 emergency incidents on busway in six months
2012
News stories to be announced
Half-hourly service to King's Lynn; Hitchin Flyover connetion installed; Accident closes busway
Science Park station consultation; Marylebone-Oxford route works order approved; Chiltern Railways runs train to promote East-West rail
Ipswich Chord gains approval; First walk-on Norwich-Dereham trains since closure in 1969; Return to Holt funding appeal launched
Ely-Harling resignalling is live; Guided busway's first anniversary; Greater Anglia achieves 95% punctuality in four-week period
HLOS promises electrified East West Rail Link, rebuilt Ely North Junction and four-track Huntingdon-Peterborough
East Anglia MPs' Rail Prospectus launched; some Great Northern services may go to East Coast; Hitchin flyover lifted into place
East Anglia MPs meet to put finishing touches to Rail Prospectus; Beecles loop track is laid; busway extension ridiculed
Ipswich-Felixstowe passenger service threatened by signficant growth on rail freight from the Port of Felixstowe
Chesterton station timetable announced; Thameslink bidders announced; Beccles loop work starts
Government confirms that Chesterton station will be written into TOC franchises; Abellio takes over Greater [East] Anglia railway
DfT issues Thameslink 'expression of interest' document
2011
Western section of East West Rail Link and Ely-Soham doubling get go-ahead in Chancellor's autumn statement
Abellio is awarded Greater [East] Anglia rail franchise committing to many small improvments and signficant premium payment
Cambridge footbridge lifted into place overnight; cars and bicycles cause problems on guided busway
East West Rail report shows £38 annual economic benefits; First Passenger numbers for Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
Cambridgeshire Guided Busway finally opens (detailed report); Ipswich Chord goes for planning review; Franchise clarity
NR to look at redoubing Littleport-Downham Market; March track recycling centre opens
7th August opening date for guided busway; Ipswich footbridge opens; Olympic fares announced
Start of East Suffolk Line resignalling design work to start in June; Downham Market barrow crossing closed
Cemex plans to roepen Barrington freight branch approved by Cambs County Council; first ground works for Cambridge island platforms
National Express not shortlisted for new franchise; FLUA is told that IEP trains will run to King's Lynn; Hitchin Flyover formally approved
Funding secured for Beccles loop construction and Soham reopening study; Cambridgeshire County reaffirms support for March-Wisbech
DfT issues tender documents for Greater [East] Anglia interim franchise; Peterborough station improvements complete by end of 2011
2010
Interim Greater [East] Anglia franchise to be offered for around two years before long-term franchise commences; Guided busway cost climbs to £181m
Ipswich footbridge lifted into place but not ready yet; Royston platform extension almost ready for longer Cambridge trains
Conditional approval given for Hitchin flyover; New record set for rail freight at Port of Felixstowe
Network Rail submits planning application for new Cambridge platforms; Cambs County Council to hold independent Public Review of busway contract
Doubling of Ipswich-Felixstowe branch delayed to 2018; Ipswich Chord will be built as double track
Application to reopen Barrington Cement Works would see railway relaid; Clacton maintenance depot reopens permanently
Greater [East] Anglia rail franchise process to be restarted following rail review; MNR joins up loop at Thuxton
Hitchin flyover public inquiry ends with most objections withdrawn; Calls for public inquiry into guided busway "fiasco"
CAST.IRON proposes terminus station at Milton Road; Cambridge island platform access critised by county council
North Norfolk Railway reconnected to national network; Cambridgeshire County Council goes public with busway dispute
Guided busway cost revealed as £161 million; NXEA to introduce WiFi on London-Norwich services
NR confirms freight route enhancement schemes to go ahead; DfT launches consultation on NXEA franchise replacement
Planning application submitted to build new station north east of Chelmsford; busway delay cost revealed
2009
No fare increases in 2010 for East Anglia train operators; King's Lynn railway land for car park extension is lost
National Express East Anglia franchise will end early; Cambridgeshire Guided Busway delayed for a third time
National Express East Coast franchise to end on 13th November
Network Rail submits TWA order application for Hitchin flyover; Greengauge 21 suggests Cambridge could be on High-Speed Rail route
New £45m station near Chelmsford is proposed; Whitmoor Yard expansion to be approved
Essex resignalling scheme is complete; FCC introduces carnet tickets from Great Northern stations
EU provides £8m for Felixstowe to Nuneaton upgrade; NXEA encourages more leisure travel during school holidays
National Express to default on East Coast route: may cause loss of NXEA and c2c franchises
ATOC lists March-Wisbech line as one of 14 suggested reopenings; rail performance up again
Businessmen suggest Cambridge-Norwich high-speed link; Mid-Norfolk gets major contract from Network Rail
Network Rail's ambitious schemes for East Anglia; new rolling stock confirmed for NXEA services.
Station relocations made more difficult as DfT backs down.
EERA recommends £19.8m funding allocation for Chesterton Station
Atkins awarded GRIP4 design contract for East West Rail link; Guided busway opening delayed for six months
2008
NXEA restaurant cars gain short reprieve; first part of East West Rail Link opens
East West Rail Link alternative routes for eastern end suggested by SDG; guided busway in "financial crisis"?
National Express East Anglia to close Norwich call Centre and end restaurant cars; 2009 fares increases announced
Manningtree Car Park extension starts; Cambridgeshire Lib Dems call for EWRL as part of 30-year franchise
Cambridge-Norwich service patronage continues to rise; Tank trains return to MNR
Sheringham level crossing project plan on target; Cambridgeshire guided buses to run on bio-fuel
Network Rail judges Beccles Loop good value; East West Rail Link helped by Chiltern proposal
ESTA produces passenger questionnaire about location of Lowestoft station
Consent given for doubling of Felixstowe branch for increased container traffic; Cambridge platform extension
Additional trains between Norwich and Lowestoft for annual air show
Renovation completed at Needham Market station; MNR works train reaches Hoe
Cracks found in brand new guided busway; Network Rail's MPVs to be maintained at MNR's Dereham base
Two sidings beside Norwich station are electrified; Ely-Norwich renewals prioritised ahead of Bittern Line
NXEA completes class 156 interior refurbishment
'one' is rebranded as National Express East Anglia as it exceeds 90% punctuality
DfT announces extra trains for East Anglia operator 'one'
2007
Replacement Great Ouse bridge at Ely reopens allowing resumption of passenger train service
Government funds £80m project to carry more freight on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton route
'one' unveils new driving similators
Government finally approves Thameslink Programme project; Best punctuality figures for 'one' since its franchise began
10th Anniversary of Bittern Line community rail partnership
Draft Anglia RUS published; First Capital Connect to increase train fleet to benefit peak-time commuters; Cambridge station are plans shelved
Network Rail reveals series of enhancements in region; very favourable report on West West Rail published
'one' announces a programme of actions to improve punctuality
First Capital Connect holds stakeholder meeting to discuss overcrowding; East Coast InterCity franchise up for grabs
2006
TOCs announce fare increases from January 2007; First stretches of St. Ives line track lifted
DfT announces qualifying bidders for Cross Country and East Midlands franchises; Passenger Focus criticises car park charges
GNER overcomes obsolete rule to improve train performance; Brandon is 'Most Improved Station'
'one' launch Cambridge-London 'print@home' APEX tickets; Wisbech-March Bramley Line receive draft lease from Network Rail to study
GB station usage figures for 2004/05 published; half of Sudbury branch relaid for £5.5m
Protests over FCC peak-time restrictions; £92.5m government funding for Cambridgehsire guided busway
Office of Rail Regulation minded to award Grand Central track access agreement; EastWest gets closer with Bletchley Flyover use
First Capital Connect to take over from WAGN; Funding agreed for St.Pancras Thameslink Station
2005
Railfuture site-visit to Potter Group at Ely; MNR's Kimberley Park station finally reopens
Busway inquiry report submitted but kept secret; Competition commission to look at NX bid for Thameslink/Great Northern franchise
Premium payments are top priority in Thameslink/Great Northern bidders franchise; Bittern Line passenger numbers reach 585,000
TOCs oppose Grand Central services to London; 'one' rejigs summer timetables to cure overcrowding
GNER pays £130m a year for new frnahcise; shortlist of five for Great Northern/Thameslink franchise
Timetable changes cause problems so 'one' makes changes; Government alledgely wants £100m a year from ECML operator
2004
Forty people hear Lord Berkeley speak at Railfuture meeting; New rival to Crossrail threatens to delay link for years
CrossRail included in Queen's Speech; Rail Freight Group reiterates its opposition to guided busway
Government announces that Central Trains franchise will disappear; Waterbeach station car park extension finally starts after three-year wait
Cambridge-Norwich service tops million passengers in two years; Public Inquiry opens for Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
Manningtree, Clacton, Walton-on-the-Naze users concerned about December 2004 timetable; National Express cleared to run 'one' franchise
East Suffolk Community Rail Partnership; Televisions to beinstalled on trains
White Paper on Reorganising Railways; Cambridgeshire Guided Busway pre-inquiry meeting
Cambridgeshire Guided Busway statements of case submitted; list of busiest stations in East Anglia
Office of Fair Trading refers GAf winner to Competition Commission; March Whitemoor Yard opening day a "great success"
National Express admits that 'one' name causes confusion; SRA announce four pre-qualifying bids for ECML InterCity franchise
National Express commences Greater Anglia franchise - branded as "one"; Objections to the Guided Busway believed to total 2729
National Express anounces management line-up for Greater Anglia franchise; Office of Fair Trading consults on National Express takeover
Cambridgeshire guided busway TWA order application submitted; GB Railfreight is preferred bidder to run Network Rail's Whitemoor depot
National Express appoint Tim Clarke as MD of Greater Anglia Franchise; CAST.IRON reveals funding gap for the guided bus
National Express signs contract with SRA for Greater [East] Anglia franchise; SRA invites bids for East Coast franchise
Bittern line passengers up 20% helped by new late night services; East-West rail plan turns to ODPM for cash
CAST.IRON applies for permission to clear vegetation from 1 mile of line; Haverhill study underway
2003
National Express preferred bidder for Greater Anglia franchise; provisional funding for guided busway
CAST.IRON announces costed scheme for rail reopening; Go-ahead for Alconbury freight centre
CAST.IRON commences series of public meetings; Bittern Line huge increase in passegners
Central Trains gets two-year franchise extension; Whitemoor Yard reopening set to be approved
Cambridge-Norwich service gets 500,000th passenger; SRA announces series of station upgrades
Cambs County Council delays busway scheme; Central rebrands services as Central City Link
First Group takeover of GB Railways becomes 'unconditional'; Anglia rebrands 'Breathers' as 'Short Breaks'
CAST.IRON project founded to return trains to the Cambridge-St.Ives railway line
First Group buys GB Railways PLC; Ipswich tunnel closure dates and replacement services announced
Cambs County Council start guided busway public consultation; FGE reported to be abendoning legal challenge to Greater Anglia franchise
No truth in rural line closures story; GB Railfreight's plans for the future - speech by director at branch meeting
SRA "rules out" East West Rail Link east of Bedford; Cambridge City Council's LTP consultation
Mid-Norfolk Railway's first works train to North Elmham; Berney Arms' innovative new waiting shelter
FGE passenger poll backs their reinstatement in franchise bidding; Whitemoor Yard proposal opposed bysome local residents
SRA stakeholder consultation on Greater [East] Anglia franchise; Cambs County Council LTP consultation
Whitemoor Yard reopening public exhibition; New late night trains on Bittern line
SRA removes First Group from Greater [East] Anglia franchise bid; Anglia Plus now accepted on WAGN trains
Railfuture 'National Railcard' campaign launched; New station on GE mainline proposed for Great Blakenham
Cambridge-Norwich service now has 1,200 passengers per day; New station proposed on 'Gainsborough' line
Bury St Edmunds station consultation; East West Rail Link freight possibilities
WAGN to tempt commuters onto WA line instead of GN; Chesterton Interchange station cost £18m
LibDem petition for Soham station reopening; trains beat weather chaos; Anglia complete fitting TPWS
2002
Thetford station inaccessibiilty protest; MoD trains return to Parkeston Quay
Norwich station 'highly regarded'; WAGN fits automatic sandersa to class 317 trains
Cambridge station area plans on show to public; Potters Bar bridge replaced during possession
'Wherry Lines' record highest ever passenger volumes; public told to accept guided bus by council
Successful launch for Cambridge-Norwich service; Alconbury airport exhibition
Freightliner withdraws offer for GB Railways; Pre-launch service for Cambridge-Norwich
Cambridge station area £250m redevelopment proposed; Lib-Dems call for St.Neots EWRL
GB Railways AGM; Possible new rail link for Stansted Airport
March-Wisbech line threatened by guided busway proposal; Anglia trial class 90 locomotives on London-Norwich route
Cambs County Council finishes six-month guided busway study; GB Railways share price rises on takeover rumour
National Express launch Greater Anglia roadshows; Anglia publishes timetable for new Cambridge-Norwich service
Anglia CrossLink service axed; Mid-Norfolk Railway to be used for training by Balfour Beatty and Anglia Railways
Anglia Railways tops SRA's TOC performance league; London Crossrail construction begins
SRA aanounced 9 bidders for new franchise; multi-modal study exhibitions
Potters Bar accident; Suffolk County Council issues Rail Passenger Strategy
East West Rail Link consortium optimistic; RPC criticise Cambridge and Huntingdon stations
Wisbech reopening feasibility study; Anglia to refurbish trains
Anglia wins customer service award; Anglia publishes integrated transport guide from all stations
East West Rail Link update; Anglia/GB Railways canvases public views on Greater [East] Anglia franchise
superCAM criticised by transport experts; Wisbech branch officially closed to rail traffic
Network Railcard to have £10 minimum weekday fare; Anglia Railways' web-site for cyclists
superCAM exhibitions; WAGN bus links; FGE television adverts
Councillor criticises "Boot out the [guided] bus" campaign; Norfolk Orbital Railway
Anglia's new Turbostars announced; GB Railfreight picks up new contract from Felixstowe
SRA Strategic Plan; Anglia bids for even more regional services; GNER franchise extension agreed
Hunts Post says "Boot out the Bus"; North Norfolk Railway to move Stalham station building to Holt
2001
SRA proposes "Greater Anglia" franchise; WAGN fined for poor performance
RPC Eastern England Meeting; WAGN improves station cleanliness, security and revenue protection
Rail meetings (Railfuture branch meeting, PNRU, FLUA AGM); Sheringham level crossing £4.25m cost
Anglia Plus ticket extended; ESTA survey results; MNR bearer bond issue
Steering group to study Soham reopening; Central Trains abolish advance purchase cheap tickets
Anglia Railways to serve Attleborough; Bittern line goes from strength to strength
Cambs County's CHUMMS backing to be scrutanised; Norwich-Yarmouth study; Rail users conference
STEER's public meeting on CHUMMS in Cambridge; Ipswich multi-storey car park completed
Rail Freight Group attacks CHUMMS recommendation; WAGN relaunch web-site
Official responses to CHUMMS criticise guided busway; SRA funds Waterbeach car park extension
RPC criticises train operator performance; GB Railways PLC annual general meeting
CHUMMS full report is published; East West Consortium upbeat following SRA refusal on funding
SRA refuses funding for East West link phase 1; improvements for disabled travellers
Passenger compensation; Railtrack online timetable; North Norfolk Railway awarded lottery grant
CHUMMS busway groups join up, meetings, letters and Railtrack AGM; RPC meeting in Cambridge
Summer rail services; RPC meeting in Cambridge; WAGN's new "Tracking" brochure for commuters
Nancy guided bus fiasco; Anglia £7.50 flat fare for seniors; Anglia launch online ticket purchasing; 
CHUMMS preferred plan is to build guided busway on St.Ives line; LOIS newsletter 2
GB Railways gets compensation from Railtrack; NNR appeal day; MNR secures North Elmham
Local and General Election special edition
Railfuture AGM; North Norfolk station publicity; Proposed tram system in King's Lynn
Anglia win European rail awarded; March station remodelling; last train to Wisbech
Anglia awarded £9.2m for Cambridge to Norwich service; RDS response to CHUMMS
RDS EGM; CHUMMS public consultation results; Anglia returns to normal timetable
Anglia offers free rail travel; NNR risks losing Sheringham station
Anglia award £1m for more frequent trains; Norfolk County Council's draft rail strategy
East-West Rail select Skansa; Film crew to visit NNR
March-Wisbech line; Cambridge-Sudbury line; Braintree-Stansted link
Cambridge Guided Busway; Anglia Railway's spring-clean; Preserved railways share issues
Wisbech line; Cambridge Guided Busway
Wisbech line; Bittern line; Norfolk Orbital Railway study; MNR passengers on network
Cambs Structure Plan; WAGN franchise extended; BBC Panorama
CHUMMS; WAGN fares cut; EastWest Link tender; NNR-Railtrack connection
2000
Norwich light rail scheme; Peter announces that he will stop editing Snippets
Questions raised by RDS at the Railtrack AGM, and RDS press release issued afterwards
Bittern line resignalling; disabled access at March station; A47 MMS consultants pointed
CHUMMS will look at St.Ives to Huntingdon rail link
Cambridge to St.Ives line public meeting; Prism ask to give up WAGN franchise early
Wherry Lines partnership launched. Railfuture joins Norwich Airport Transport Forum
Press Launch of Anglia Railways' New London Crosslink Service; Rail freight at Great Yarmouth
Norwich-Sheringham resignalling final phase begins
WAGN's peak-time cycles on train ban begins
sSRA pre-qualifies two bidders for Central Trains replacement franchise
Colchester Borough Council's feasibility study for Stansted eastern rail link
Freight on March-Wisbech line may close, according to "informed source"; visit Blickling hall by public transport
Stowmarket residents against level crossing closures; Mid-Norfolk Railway's military traffic at Dereham
Ipswich-Felixstowe passenger numbers increase; Railfuture present case for St.Ives line reopening to Cambridge councillors
Sheringham re-signalling due to be commissioned; Railfuture prepares for repeat presention to Cambridge councillors
Railfuture representatives meet transport minister
Anglia Railways were named runner-up in the Train Operator of the Year
Railfuture-led Stansted Airport eastern rail link working party held at Chelmsford
Anglia Railways to receive third successive Charter Mark for excellence in customer service.
1999
Anglia commended for new rolling stock; Cambridge-Sudbury line reopening petition; Freight crisis
Essex Local Transport Plan published
BBC rail week; WAGN boss in TV documentary; Luton-Dunstable line
Longest fertiliser freight train to date leaves Great Yarmouth
   
Back issues of the "RAIL EAST" quarterly newsletter are also available.
 
Links to other Web-sites in the Railfuture  East Anglia Branch area

See: Railfuture's Links to Twitter accounts and Web-sites of local organsiaitons (e.g. Community Rail Parnerships, User Groups, Heritage Railways.


Railway campaigning groups:

[B] http://www.brandonstation.co.uk - Friends of Brandon Railway Station
[C] http://www.csrra.co.uk - Cambridge to Colchester Rail Project (Cambridge to Sudbury Rail Renewal Association)
[C] http://www.castiron.org.uk - Cambridge to St.Ives Railway Organisation (CAST.IRON) - putting trains back on the railway line
[E] http://www.eastwestrail.org.uk - East West Rail Link - Re-establish rail link from east coast ports to Oxford and beyond
[M] http://www.fomrs.org.uk - Friends of March Railway Station
[N] http://www.norfolk-orbital-railway.co.uk - Norfolk Orbital Railway - Link North Norfolk and Mid-Norfolk railways together
[S] http://www.soham.org.uk/history/trainexplosion.htm - Soham Rail Station Campaign - Reopen the station between Ely and Kennett, Cambs [ Select "Campaigns" menu item ]

Rail User Groups:

[E] http://www.eastsuffolktravel.org.uk - East Suffolk Travellers Association - Campaigns for better services from Ipswich to Lowestoft
[E] http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/ESTAFelixstowe - Felixstowe travel Watch (a.k.a. ESTA Felixstowe) - Campaigns for better services from Ipswich to Felixstowe
[F] http://www.flua.org.uk - Fen Line Users Association - Improved services between Cambridge and King's Lynn
[M] http://www.mrua.org - Manningtree Rail Users Association - Campaigns for better services to Manningtree
[M] http://www.marpa.org.uk - Mid-Anglia Rail Passengers' Association - Campaigns for better services from Ipswich to Cambridge/Peterborough
[M] http://melbourn.org.uk/railusergroup - Meldreth, Shrepreth and Foxton Rail User Group - Minor stations between Cambidge and Royston
[P] http://www.penrug.org.uk - Peterborough to Norwich Rail Users' Group - Campaigns for better services between Peterborough and Norwich

Rail Information web-sites:

[E] http://eastsuffolkline.co.uk - East Suffolk Line web-site - provides information about the Ipswich-Lowestoft line
[W] http://www.wymondham-station.com - Wymondham Station web-site - provides information about the station

Links to Web-sites outside the Railfuture  East Anglia Branch area

Railway campaign groups and rail users organisations:

http://www.bbrua.org.uk/ - Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association (BBRUA)
http://www.bedfordcommuters.org.uk - Bedford Commuters Association (BCA)
http://www.railtuck.com - Railfuture's list of places serving food near to railway stations


Click HERE for a list of forthcoming rail events open to rail campaigners.

 

Contacting Railfuture
 
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