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Minutes of September Meeting

Posted by ATDRPG Support Ashchurch station on November 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Minutes of the meeting held on Friday 4th September 2015

The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Chairman K. Radbourne in the absence of A. Cameron.

Apologies; A. Cameron, A. Snarey, D. Potter, P. Williams, J. Roberts, Stefani Browne.

Minutes agreed as a true record; Proposed H. Burns, Seconded J. Stretton

Matters arising – none.

Group Reports; J. Stretton; Latest newsletter published and available - Noted

Updates; A recent study by Amey recognised that ASC was in Glos’shire and any misunderstandings about travel cleared up, destinations were explained to Councillors. TBC regeneration are very proactive and with that met on site with Leza West to offer visions for the Station, TBC are very much onside with a mini round table meeting to be planned. Sources of funding are available for minor requests eg signage. A meeting has been arranged for 12th October with Business Development reps. - Noted

Phase 1 of the garden project has been signed off. There is a spare bed available - Noted

Next footfall count Friday 1st October. On 8th August 9.24, 53 passengers got on – Noted

Chippenham- Bath Junction re signalling within Gloucester is due and preferred by 2020.

Currently talks of a schematic plan to open a platform 3 at ASC as freight is too long for the loop, Network Rail are keen to see the loops extended, following the line into the Army Camp with turnout slightly towards Gloucester, bi directional enabling stopping trains to let the Voyagers pass, all subject to funding.

K. Radbourne; gave thanks to JS and the gardening team for phenomenal transformation well received by passengers and users of the station. - Noted.

The now renamed Great Western Railway franchise was extended while electrification takes place and will be changing its livery from Barbie Doll to Brunswick Green. Appears to be spending money on signs rather than services. No definite news about Dec. timetable, but no major changes expected. Gloucester will now hold if connections are late - Noted

Was hoping that fellow member Derek would be attending to be able to explain the fare structure which appears to be more complicated than BR days - Noted

Worcestershire Parkway. The group have objected strongly about the scheme which anyone in the business can see is flawed. Main issue is approving the building of the station with no guarantee of trains to service, until then unsure on the effect it would have on ASC - Noted

Guest Speaker – Jack Boskett, local Rail enthusiast and Photographer; gave a fascinating slideshow of both rail and local interest with an insight into his career. Jack has had an increasing number of his photographs used in newspapers and magazines.

AOB; Expected speaker Stefani Browne had been called away to report on the reopening of the Edinburgh Scottish Borders to Galashiels line by the Queen to coincide with QE11 longest reign.

Bus Service. First Group have extended the operating hours of the Tewkesbury- Worcester Service but now running every 90min rather than hourly.

Next Meeting Friday 27th November – Christmas Social. Guest speaker Theo Steel

*ASC – Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Rail Station


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