Ivan only received one e-mail
with ideas for a branch web-site, so the idea is on hold for the
moment. However, there is now a web-site containing the recent back issues of Snippets at:
- GUIDED BUSWAY PROPOSAL FOR ST.IVES LINE
reading for decision makers
||There is a very useful article entitled
"Misguided Bus?" about the "half-price tramway"
in Nancy, France, available on the web under http://www.lightrailnow.org/progress/f_ncy001.htm.
This should be essential reading for the county, district and
unitary councils which make up the regional planning body that will
be deciding whether to replace the Cambridge to St.Ives railway line
with a guided busway.
company to produce business plan for St.Ives line guided busway
Cambridge Rapid Transport System, a
subsidiary of a Northampton-based company, which has already applied
for planning permission for a service linking Trumpington to
Cambridge city centre has commented on the CHUMMS proposal for a
busway to St.Ives.
According to the Cambridge Evening
News, Mike Kendrick, CRTS director, said bosses would be drawing up
a business plan to see if the St Ives line would be commercially
viable for the company to run. "When we first started promoting
the idea of a guided bus we saw it as part of a wider network, but
at the time we didn't know the development plans for that part of
the region," he said.
The same news article quoted Peter
Carter, a development control manager at Cambridge City Council, who
said that the application for the Trumpington to Cambridge busway
will go before committee by early autumn, and could be in service by
Railways cheap deal of seniors - off-peak flat fare of £7.50
Railways is offering special
deals for the over 60s in support of Help the Aged’s Stepping Out
campaign. From 1st July to mid-August, customers aged 60+ may take advantage of an off-peak flat fare of £7.50 anywhere on the
Anglia Railways network, which runs as far afield as London,
Basingstoke, Peterborough and Sheringham.
Anglia Railways’ Public Relations Manager, Peter Meades said,
“We are pleased to support the Stepping Out campaign for the third
year running, offering great value travel packages which allow older
people to get out about and see the region from the comfortable and
relaxing atmosphere of our trains. We hope these offers will encourage those older people who
don’t drive to get out and about.”
Tickets must be booked three days in advance to allow for posting.
Anglia Railways press release: http://www.angliarailways.co.uk/latest-information/news-detail.asp?id=167
Railways' web-site offers ticket purchasing facility.
Railways is the latest of the TOC web-sites to enable purchasing of tickets online (from the "Journey Planner"
section on the Anglia Railways web-site)
. You can have tickets posted or pick them up from an Anglia Railways manned station.
Open First, Open Standard, Saver, Standard Day and
Cheap Day tickets are available for selected journeys on the Norwich
to London Liverpool Street mainline. The project is still in the
early stages and to encourage use Anglia Railways are offering
customers £1 off the London Leisure Advance ticket when they book
Anglia Railways press release: http://www.angliarailways.co.uk/latest-information/news-detail.asp?id=188
Anglia Railways has been nominated for an award from the British
Interactive Media Association for its relaunched web-site, which includes
the ticket purchase facility mentioned above. Anglia are now also
developing a WAP site - one of the first to be developed for a Train
Operator - to provide passengers with real time travel information,
timetable details, engineering updates and customer service
facilities through their mobile phones.
Railways' Norwich telesales centre is refurbished.
Anglia Railways have refurbished their
telesales centre at Norwich station. A new phone system - provided
by ntl - will bring
improvements to customer service as it allows the office to be
manned more efficiently, allowing call groups to be set up so that
if one group has calls waiting, calls can be directed to a quieter
group. It also allows the telesales team
to monitor the service better as it provides information on call
peaks and troughs and how many customers receive the engaged tone,
something they had no idea about previously.
Anglia Railways press release: http://www.angliarailways.co.uk/latest-information/news-detail.asp?id=168
Railways offer "real" freshly brewed coffee on trains
Anglia Railways is the first UK
train operator to offer passengers freshly brewed coffee on the
train, using a new bean to cup coffee machine which produces
cappuccino, latte, expresso and americano and freshly brewed normal
and decaffeinated coffee.
Anglia Railways press release:
build new Peterborough warehouse on wrong side of tracks
to BBC Ceefax, Swedish furniture store Ikea cannot make use of rail freight
at its new Hampton, Peterborough warehouse as originally planned,
because the site is on the wrong side of the tracks. It
has found that freight would have to travel over the busy ECML
tracks used by intercity and commuter trains.
is number 14 in country's rail trespass hotspots
is amongst the worst places in East Anglia for children trespassing on
railway lines. They
are doing so in such numbers that Railtrack has placed Cambridge
number 14 in its list of the top 20 trespass "hotspots" in
the summer holidays approaching the rail industry is keen to get the
safety message across to youngsters, and has teamed up with
Christopher Awdry, author of the Thomas the Tank Engine and
Friends stories. He
has written six new stories dealing with the problems caused by
trespass and vandalism, and these will be distributed to primary
schools and libraries around the country. They
were launched as part of Child Safety Week at the National Railway
Museum in York.
and shipping museum proposed for Harwich station building
Negotiations are underway to transform the derelict Harwich Station
building into one of the biggest and most comprehensive railway
archive museums in the south of England.
Bob Clow, a retired engine cleaner, has collected thousands of items
of railway and shipping memorabilia over 35 years and wants to display them in a customised museum at the station.
He is involved in discussions with the Railtrack property
board, which owns the building, and other companies to consider the
Funding and grants for the project are also under negotiation with
possibilities including the Harwich Environmental Regeneration
The museum would open alongside the
Railtrack station, and would include a buffet room for visitors and
Mr Clow said: "I want to keep this collection in Harwich and safeguard it so that when I'm gone it will be donated to the
people of Harwich and not separated around the country." He said he expected people to come by train and use the opportunity
to go out into the town and visit other attractions and facilities. "The station is right in the hub of the old town and it would
be the jewel in the crown." Plans will be on public display for a week at Harwich Town
Station from 9th July.
|North Norfolk Railway's
purchase of Sheringham Station
the appeal day on Sunday 1st July, which was featured on BBC Look
East news, nearly £25,000 was raised, including a single donation of
£15,000, making a total of £103,500. Together with the 5-year
interest free loan of £150,000 offered, the railway are now less
than £40,000 short of the purchase price of £290,000.
During the day-long event, the
railway provided a service every 45 minutes, with two steam engines
and a diesel engine to ferry people up and down the line as far as
Holt, as well as offering fund-raising events such as a raffle.
Marketing co-ordinator Carolyn Fraser said the railway was still
exploring further fund-raising avenues, including schemes for
corporate and individual sponsorship.
"We want to establish a Friends of Sheringham Station, which is
going to allow people to be associated with the station without
having to give up their time," she said.
It is also reported that the railway has lodged an
appeal against a court decision which backed the landlord's move not
to have the lease extended.
Appeal web-site: http://www.stationappeal.co.uk
of Wolferton station called off following surge of interest
The Grade II
listed Wolferton station - Norfolk's "royal" railway station
on the Queen's Sandringham Estate - had been
due to go under the hammer in London where it was expected
to fetch more than £500,000. However, interest is so high that it will now be sold by private
treaty, with a guide price of £750,000.
"We have changed our tactics from auction", said Antony
Bromley-Martin, an associate at property specialists
Strutt and Parker. "The owner has asked
us to, purely because the publicity and the promotion that has
started is fairly self-generating now and there's a lot more
interest coming in from abroad."
about rail travel available on DETR web-site
wealth of travel statistics are available on http://www.transtat.detr.gov.uk/rail/index.htm.
This includes passenger and freight statistics over 25 years.