Snippets have sometimes seemed
like the Anglia Railways fan-club. Well, thanks to issue one of a
new WAGN passenger booklet called "Tracking" (available on
the web: http://www.wagn.co.uk/wnews/issue1.pdf)
positive news from WAGN.
meeting held in Cambridge
The Rail Passenger Council for Eastern England
will be meeting at Queens College Cambridge on Tuesday 24 July
starting at 10.00. This date clashes with the Railtrack AGM in York.
RPC and Railtrack obviously have a communication problem!
|There will be presentations from WAGN,
Central Trains, Anglia Railways and Railtrack. In the afternoon
there is an open discussion on the future of rail services in the
Cambridge area. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can
ask questions to rail managers and local authorities during the
meeting, who will include John Wilson
(Railtrack), Dominic Booth (WAGN),
Peter Northfield (Great Eastern) and Brian Smith and Alan Browning (Cambs CC).
England 2000-2001 annual report published
The Rail Passenger Council for Eastern
England has issued its 2000-2001 annual report. The accident at
Hatfield and the disruption to services during the checks of gauge
corner cracking dominate the report. The number of complaints from
passengers has nearly doubled from 815 to 1508. For each train
operator the results are:
Anglia 235 (215 number in
Central 159 (183) well done!
GNER 76 (54)
Great Eastern 276 (77)
c2c 177 (48)
WAGN 552 (204).
Railways provide extra trains for special events and for summer peak
County Council – through the Community Rail Partnerships – is
providing £10,000 funding to sponsor additional trains and extra
seating. There will be two extra Norwich-Great Yarmouth trains on
summer Saturdays only from 14 July until 1 September.
August sees Anglia
Railways operating extra Norwich-Great Yarmouth trains for the Vibe
FM and Radio One roadshows at Great Yarmouth. There are also extra
Bittern Line trains for the Worstead Festival (27-29th July) and
Cromer Carnival (15th August) with funding from the Bittern Line
Community Rail Partnership.
The Wherry Line sees extra
Norwich-Lowestoft trains on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 July for the
Lowestoft Seafront Airshow thanks to funding from the Wherry Lines
Community Rail Partnership and Waveney District Council.
Anglia Railways press release
Anglia Railways press release (All): http://www.angliarailways.co.uk/latest-information/news-detail.asp?id=192
now offer refreshments on the Fen Line north of Cambridge
now operate a refreshments trolley on the 45-minute long journey
between Cambridge and King's Lynn. Previously the trolley service
stopped at Cambridge.
introduce new "Fast-ticket" and "Multi-ticket"
gradually been replacing their ticket machines with touch-sensitive
computer display machines which accept credit and debit cards.
According to their "Tracking" booklet, the machines will
remember a person's most frequent destination thereby allowing them
to book a ticket much faster.
web-site relaunch before end of 2001
||WAGN's web-site [http://www.wagn.co.uk]
currently just has details of delays, cancellations and engineering
work. However, it will be relaunched in the next few months, with
Customers will be able to find the
most suitable ticket, and purchase it. It will also show live travel
status matching the information on the screens at the WAGN stations.
It will double as a visitor's guide to all WAGN destinations with
guides on shopping, events and attractions.
MEETS THE PUBLIC
- Rail and Downpour Society
change of names was suggested following a rather soggy morning with the
RDS display stand at the Histon Feast.
The poor weather kept the punters away and few
were tempted to consider buying our collection of second-hand books and
CDs. Nick says thanks to all who turned up, with special thanks to Chris
Milnes and family who brought some plants for the RDS to sell.
The RDS are always looking for similar events to
attend. Providing the cost of the stand is not too high, they are a
useful way to put our views across and hopefully make some money. For
future outside events, does anyone have one of those open-sided canopies
that they sell in DIY shops that we might be able to borrow. Suggestions
for other events to Nick Dibben.
meets consultants Mott McDonald
Nick Dibben represented the Branch when a
group of transport campaigners met study consultants Mott McDonald on
9th July to discuss rail solutions that should be considered as part of
the multi-modal study.
Protecting the route to allow the Great Eastern
line to Colchester to be upgraded to a 4 track railway over the years
was the main item discussed. Extra Crosslink services around London
along with improved branch line services to Clacton and Harwich, better
bus interchange and general improvements to stations were also reviewed.
A very useful meeting.
- PUBLIC COMMENTS FOLLOWING PREFERRED PLAN PUBLICATION
backlash against guided busway proposals
Cambridge Evening News published four letters - from RDS members -
on Monday 9th July criticising the busway proposal and advocating
rail. Nick says thanks to everyone who wrote in and keep those
Conservative MP holds public meetings to discuss A14
Jonathan Djanogly MP [http://www.hcca.org.uk/new-ppc.htm]
(John Major's successor) has arranged three meetings on:
Friday 13 July - St.Anne's
School, Godmanchester starting at 7.30pm
Friday 20 July - St Ives Corn
Exchange starting at 7.30pm
Friday 27 July - Brampton Community Centre also 7.30pm.
County Council re-iterates rail improvements in Corporate Plan
County Council have published their Corporate Plan 2001-2005 on
their web-site, which includes the LTP [http://www.camcnty.gov.uk/sub/ceu/pol_rev/prospects/transpo.pdf].
It mentions rail twice in the "Key Plan".
Cambridge and the surrounding area: "Developing
bus and rail services and interchanges, including park and
Strategic routes: "Improving
strategic rail routes linking Cambridgeshire to key destinations
outside the county (notably Thameslink 2000, East Coast Main Line,
and East-West Rail). Encouraging road to rail transfer."
Perhaps they would like to explain how these
aims can be achieved at the same time as supporting the guided
busway plan to destroy the St.Ives line, when a reopened line would:
a) be part of Thameslink 2000
b) link up to the East Coast Main Line
c) possibly be part of the East-West Rail
d) encourage road to rail transfer.
SPEED RAIL LINES
"A high speed line for Britain's Railways" available on
entitled "A high speed line for Britain's Railways",
published in July 2001 can be found at: http://www.uk-fast-rail.freeserve.co.uk
Livingston's £5 congestion charging could come to Cambridge
Mayor Ken Livingstone, has announced plans to introduce a £5 road
toll for motorists wanting to drive into the capital. Cambridgeshire
is one of 24 local authorities considering similar road tolls.