|Posted by ATDRPG Support Ashchurch station on September 4, 2015 at 7:10 AM|
Open Meeting of the Ashchurch, Tewkesbury and District Rail Promotion Group Friday 4th September 2015
1 Welcome, housekeeping and introductions – Deputy Chair
2 Apologies for absence. 3 Minutes of last meeting. 4 Matters arising. 5 Group Updates;
* John Stretton.
* Ken Radbourne.
* Derek Potter.
6 Any other business.
7 Guest Speaker; Jack Boskett, Local Photographer and Rail enthusiast
8 Date of the next meeting;
Friday 27th November 2015 – Christmas Social
Guest Speaker; Railwayman Theo Steel
Good night, thank you for coming and have a safe journey home.-
Minutes of the meeting held on Friday 6th March 2015
Apologies for absence; P. Williams, S. Cooper, N. Gale. M. Barns, J. Roberts
Report distributed and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising – none.
Group Reports; J. Stretton - Regular footfall counts continue. 9.7% increase in passenger numbers with 29.7% over 5 years.
FGW are due to install shelter lights and looking at platform seating. Network Rail are altering the track with a view to reopening the ‘loop’. There is a proposal to reopen platform 3 and suggest extending Maesteg train. Passing point could be included during electrification.
JS working with developer Lindon Homes for mutual benefit.
Station garden is to receive bark from Northway play area and more soil. The bed is ready for a wildflower mat and planters out for adoption or sponsorship. Tewkesbury in Bloom will be including the garden in their ‘going for gold’.
A regular newsletter will be produced prior to future meetings. – Noted
K. Radbourne – Looking towards planning RT3, the first group to pull all stakeholders together, working at a slow pace due to safety issues and layers of bureaucracy with future changes likely to be costly. A business case and cost benefit analyst needed both for S Worcs and N Glos. FGW limited by rolling stock and only DfT can buy trains, electrification will release some rolling stock with DfT deciding who to. MP L. Robertson mentioned ASC in parliament.
Trains in future may be withdrawn due to disability access.
Timetable changes – 17.42 Pad – Chelt to take priority over stopping train to make connections.
At the recent passenger account a passenger arrived from Geneva taking 6 hours.
The group will be manning the station for Gold Cup week extended to 4 days with an extra 10.24 train and relief bus service. – Noted
D. Potter – CLPG with 37yrs experience with planners now working with FGW and LM together. FW awarded 3 yr franchise with strong hints that ASC will have good news asap. There are timetable changes in response to the redoubling 2 more Pad – Worcs closing 2 hr gaps. Is questioning Sunday morning services now that maintenance regime is no longer relevant and asking for earlier or later trains with a need to keep signal boxes open, needs v costs and there are extra units available at weekends with an invisible market. – Noted
AOB – Comments from the floor; finding difficulty in travelling to station for early morning trains, removal of first 2 bus services and lack of taxis – Action alert taxis companies;
Is the Station name change still on track – just waiting for funding, may be corporate; Rolling stock owned by ROSCOs not Gov. – Noted
J. Stretton was thanked for leading the garden working parties - Noted.
Guest Speaker – Rachel North DCEO TBC. Rachel gave a comprehensive explanation of the Town Centre Strategic Document and visions for the future including Rail Travel to ease congestion on the A46 and is keen to work closely with the group to achieve this.