Wednesday, 2 August 2017

ERTA Action and Wolverton

Last night ERTA held their Central London Forum at the Metropolitan Bar next to Baker Street LT Station.Apart from myself,the other members who attended were Michael Hustwait, David Ferguson and Tony Bush;my Asperger friends Conway Castle-Knight and Simon Pitt also came.My report on this event would be my main contribution for your next Newsletter and perhaps also your Facebook page.
The main topics we discussed were the future of the Electric Railway Museum in Coventry which is scheduled to close in the autumn,and also the main rail priorities for London.Everyone was delighted about the support for London's Crossrail 2, which even Mr.Grayling (Transport Minister) backs and he has since become on good terms with Mr.Khan(London Mayor).Furthermore,another avid supporter of the project is Sir Vince Cable (Twickenham's new MP) since one of the route options is intended to serve some parts of his constituency.Among the other top London priorities include re-opening the South Acton - Kew Bridge freight line to passenger traffic which would involve a London Overground service from Old Oak Common - Kew Bridge (close to new housing developments on the north bank of the Thames) - Heathrow; Gospel Oak - Barking extended to serve new housing developments in Barking Riverside,and we felt that the line should be extended under the Thames to Abbey Wood;the Lower Thames River Crossing.
I would also like to add a bit about the St.Albans Forum in late June,which did not seem to get a mention in he last Newsletter.It was held in the town's Water End Barn pub (Wetherspoons) . Four people came; apart from myself were Michael Hustwait and David Ferguson,plus my friend Conway Castle-Knight.The main interest was the Abbey Line (Watford - St.Albans Abbey),which we all felt should be extended to link up with the Midland Main Line at Napsbury,where a freight terminal has already been approved but a planning application has apparently not yet been submitted.We also considered future delegations with St.Albans City Council(which apparently wishes to keep the Abbey Line as part of the national network)and Hertfordshire County Council(who do not seem particularly enthusiastic on rail matters).
Contact and source: Mr Simon Barber, 20 Fitzherbert House, Kingsmead, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6HT,
T. 0208 940 4399, E.

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