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Snippets Archive from the Railfuture  East Anglia Branch   -  Last updated 13th February 2010
News from the East Anglian Branch of Railfuture   -   Snippets is edited by Jerry Alderson/Martin Thorne (previously Peter Lawrence)
 
Snippets is the rail news service for members of the East Anglian branch of Railfuture, which is the campaigning name of the Railway Development Society (RDS). The East Anglian Branch covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, North Essex, North Herts, East Beds.

See also: List of Branch Meetings, which gives details of past and future meetings, plus Branch Activities, which gives examples of what the East Anglia branch does.


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2010
News stories to be confirmed
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
2007
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; Possibvle 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
   

 


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