|Meetings and Consultation Responses
A big rush over the last few days! I went to Taunton on Sunday and listened to Alison Forster, the MD of First Great Western talk, and then to Warminster on Monday to listen to Julian Crow, operations manager for the West of England. And that gave me 24 hours to get in my consultation response. I've also put up an input form through which you still have a few hours to express your view (or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly).
It seems that there are quite good chances of changing train schedules to suit needs - especially away from Bristol, London, Reading and other major hubs. Some chance of getting extra stops added to services - and that's easier at places like Dilton Marsh were it would add just a minute or two onto the schedule that at Westbury where it would add 7 minutes to a main line express. Prospects of extra trains? Where the stock is there (e.g. early morning, Gunnislake) there is a good chance. Where we're told that extra stock would be needed - e.g. Melksham - it's a much tougher prospect but in my view it's live enough to keep telling 'em. In fact, I think Alison and Julian are almost willing us to put on an unbearable pressure ... to their consultantion, to DfT, to MPs, etc!
Written 2006-03-08 06:56:11
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