Attendance and participation at last night’s meeting where we learnt more about the way our local train service works and how important it is to different users was a pleasure to be a part of.
Train at Syon Lane
Local resident, Michael Peacock, at very short notice was put on the spot to present but was asked to because of his in depth knowledge of the workings of our local railway and its context within the national network.
Many participants shared their views and also offered a range of proposals for the Department of Transport’s stakeholder consultation for the South Western Rail Franchise. Notes from the meeting can be found here and should be useful when preparing a response to the DfT before the 9 February 2016 deadline.
A copy of the consultation document can be found here and ways of responding to it here.
You wait for one consultation then two turn up at the same time.
Last week, the Department of Transport and Transport for London published another document, A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East, this describes a longer than recent ambition to incorporate suburban rail services (including ours) into the London Overground network. This is also worth responding to (in a similar way to the SWRF) and can be downloaded from here, the closing date for this one is 18 March 2016.
Happy to recieve copies of your responses.
Following a good explore with a dozen friends late November 2015, a fair list of actions was compiled and shared with the Hounslow Council Parks Team and contractors Carillion. A record of the walk on 21.11.2015 can be seen here.
Folk out on the Thornbury Park walk on Saturday morning 21 November 2015
Some matters have been addressed but there is still a reasonable amount to attend to.
To progress, and with apologies to those unable to make it on a Monday morning, the parks team and contractor have agreed to meet me and anyone else able to attend, to go through the list.
Meet by the play area at 10.30 am on Monday 1 February 2016.
Whether able to make it or not, there is good news for those who had previously made requests for the installation of outdoor gym equipment in Thornbury Park.
Example of outdoor gym equipment, pigeon optional
Public meeting on the South Western Rail Franchise
on Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
at Spring Grove House, West Thames College,
London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4HS
Wherever you are on The Hounslow Loop, this is an opportunity to find out and share more thoughts about our local train stations and services available from there. Whether it’s the number of departures per hour, length of trains, state and safe use of the stations, best price ticketing, there is room to make comment during the franchise consultation running until 9 February 2016.
A copy of the Rail Executive’s Stakeholder Consultation for the South Western Rail Franchise can be found here. Doable on a journey to and back from Waterloo, particularly the parts between pages 27 and 47. Continue reading