Planned rail investment welcomed

PLANS to make the largest investment in rail services since the Victorian era has been welcomed by West Worcestershire's MP.

Proposals issued by First Great Western will see train times between Malvern and London improved by offering two extra services to Oxford and two routes to London, which are expected to take no more than two hours and seven minutes.

The changes, which have been put out for public consultation, will see 20 minutes shaved off the current journey time, making the service 15 per cent faster.

Harriett Baldwin said: “I am delighted that First Great Western share my aspiration to deliver a faster, more reliable and more frequent rail service from Worcestershire to London on the Cotswold Line.

“With electrification of the London-Oxford line and new rolling stock, it’s clear we have a long term economic plan to improve Worcestershire’s economy and its public transport.

“This news follows the Prime Minister’s intervention to ask for additional funding to complete the dualling of the Cotswold Line to Oxford.

“Together with my colleagues Robin Walker and Sir Peter Luff, and Herefordshire colleagues, we have all lobbied to press for better rail services for our area.

“It is important, however, that people do make sure that they have their say and tell First Great Western that these are much needed improvements to the service.”

The document will form part of the new First Great Western franchise which is due for renewal and the government has already pledged £13 billion to improve rail services into London and made a commitment to delivering HS2.

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12:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Andy-Apache says...

If Macmillan hadn't been complicit to Beeching's destruction of the UK rail network, these 'improvements' would probably already be taken for granted (and I'd be able to go for a quick pint by the river in Upton on a sunny evening)
If Macmillan hadn't been complicit to Beeching's destruction of the UK rail network, these 'improvements' would probably already be taken for granted (and I'd be able to go for a quick pint by the river in Upton on a sunny evening) Andy-Apache
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1:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

brooksider says...

Andy-Apache wrote:
If Macmillan hadn't been complicit to Beeching's destruction of the UK rail network, these 'improvements' would probably already be taken for granted (and I'd be able to go for a quick pint by the river in Upton on a sunny evening)
I would blame Lord Boothby for taking Macmillan's mind off the task of running the country.
Still, we never had it so good.
[quote][p][bold]Andy-Apache[/bold] wrote: If Macmillan hadn't been complicit to Beeching's destruction of the UK rail network, these 'improvements' would probably already be taken for granted (and I'd be able to go for a quick pint by the river in Upton on a sunny evening)[/p][/quote]I would blame Lord Boothby for taking Macmillan's mind off the task of running the country. Still, we never had it so good. brooksider
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5:01am Fri 13 Jun 14

inadash says...

The real culprit was the Transport Minister Ernest Marples who was 'coincidentally' a road builder. He appointed Beeching and the rest is history. Marples owned the company who built the M1 and was also very close to the oil companies who had everything to gain by the closure of the railways. In the 1970s his unethical business dealings were coming to light and he fled to Monaco to avoid trial for tax fraud. Nice guy...
The real culprit was the Transport Minister Ernest Marples who was 'coincidentally' a road builder. He appointed Beeching and the rest is history. Marples owned the company who built the M1 and was also very close to the oil companies who had everything to gain by the closure of the railways. In the 1970s his unethical business dealings were coming to light and he fled to Monaco to avoid trial for tax fraud. Nice guy... inadash
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