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Adopt a Station in Oxfordshire! - 2240/5190
Written by Gwr2006 on Friday, 11th May 2007
In a joint initiative. First Great Western and Oxfordshire County Council has launched a Station Adoption scheme for Oxfordshire. Link as follows:
Re: Adopt a Station in Oxfordshire! - 2240/5195
Written by Lee on Saturday, 12th May 2007
"The county council is backing the scheme with publicity and funding this year."
Is there any possibility that OCC & FGW could work together to fund better services for these stations , some of which only have ONE SERVICE EACH WAY PER DAY?
Surely this would be a more effective way of "allowing the community to share in its railway station and bring real benefits to the town or village served by the station" & "encourage greater use of the railway, reducing road congestion in these communities.
Re: Adopt a Station in Oxfordshire! - 2240/5266
Written by Gwr2006 on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
The problem is the long sections of single track and the impact of stopping trains at every station would be that the number of trains overall would need to be reduced, thereby taking trains away from stations where there is significant demand throughout the day.
The stations with just one peak train each day are located some distance from any settlement and typically have only been used by 2 or 3 regular users over the past ten years, and the prospects for increasing demand is limited. To stop more trains at these stations, without any upgrade in infrastructure, would not be sensible.
OCC/FGW have already made it easier to reach these smaller stations, with secure cycle parking, bus links and better waiting facilities but there has been no increase in use so perhaps the demand just does not exsit in rural areas. There is already a partnership that is working with Network Rail on the full or partial redoubling of the line, and this could occur by 2009.
Re: Adopt a Station in Oxfordshire! - 2240/5270
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
[quote author=Gwr2006 link=topic=2240.msg5266#msg5266 date=1179313486]There is already a partnership that is working with Network Rail on the full or partial redoubling of the line, and this could occur by 2009.[/quote]
Details of which can be found in the link below.
Gwr2006 - Do you think that the funding required for extra platforms at the "Oxfordshire Halts" would be approved , or , just as Jacobs did , would closure be proposed instead? (see Pages 120 -122 of the link below.)
Re: Adopt a Station in Oxfordshire! - 2240/5272
Written by beagle03 on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
i want to adpot combe - it could do with a bit of TLC
Re: Adopt a Station in Oxfordshire! - 2240/5275
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
[quote author=beagle03 link=topic=2240.msg5272#msg5272 date=1179325115]i want to adpot combe - it could do with a bit of TLC[/quote]
Here are some photos of Combe and also ones of nearby Finstock & Ascott - under - Wychwood (links below.)
One of these in particular caught my eye (link below.)
By the way , did you know that all 3 stations are in the same constituency? (link below.)
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
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The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
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