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EMAIL LETTER 6.10.17
LETTER FROM HS2 (or maybe East West
member, Mike Bannister (aka Capt. Mainwaring..), wrote to the HS2
people and got the following reply. Mike has suggested that I share
it with you all. The key part from Quainton's viewpoint is the large
paragraph in the lower half.
you for your comments on the Round Two Consultation regarding the
East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 (EWR2) project for which I
acknowledge receipt. I apologise for the delay in responding.
appreciate your support for the scheme. Were excited to
deliver this project which will reinstate and upgrade the railway to
provide better cross country journeys between Oxford, Bicester,
Bedford and ultimately Ipswich.
is also part of Network Rails Railway Upgrade Plan which makes
up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for
the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme
of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to
provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous
growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers
have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over
the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a
bigger, better railway.
are working hard to accelerate the programme but have to follow due
process for the consenting and the planning regimes to gain approval
for the Transport and Works Act Order. Our aim is to deliver Phase 2
of the Western Section to enable east-west trains to commence service
as soon as possible, meaning that benefits could start to be realised
and this vital gap in the railway network bridged.
mentioned in your response The possibility of trains
occasionally stopping at Quainton Road Station for special events. Is
there a need for 2 - 4 trains an hour traveling to and from Aylesbury?
to the increased linespeed and train frequency and the fact that the
EWR2 project and timetable does not currently include any plans to
stop regular train services at the existing Quainton Road station,
there will be no general public access onto the platforms at the
Bucks Railway Centre for safety reasons. However, the facility to
stop the occasional weekend or special train service at
the existing station on the East platform will be maintained, subject
to available train paths, once works are complete. It should be noted
that any such access would be subject to agreement with the train
operator and Network Rail, as is currently the case. Regular dialogue
has been held with the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre over the last
18 months, including a number of site meetings, where the EWR
proposals have been presented discussed and agreed to ensure that the
railway centre requirements and the heritage nature of the existing
station buildings are fully understood and are taken in to account as
part of the design development.
part of the EWR2 project there will be one Aylesbury to Milton
Keynes Central passenger service per hour in each direction (from
2024). The frequency of trains from Aylesbury towards London
Marylebone is defined by the Department of Transport.
hope that you will continue to support the project. You can be kept
informed about updates to the project and progress of the route
itself by registering your email address at http://www.eastwestrail.org.uk/subscribe/.
this year, as in previous years, we were all issued with some books
of Raffle Tickets. The draw has to be held on Sunday 29th October and
we are still waiting for several ticket stubs, with the cash, to be
returned. Now I know that some of you disagree with this sort of
thing and you shouldn't have received any books so bear with me,
please, and skip to the next item.
promoter shown on the ticket is the now late E.W.J.Miller. I gather
than our Vice Chairman, Peter Lovegrove, is now covering this role so
the draw will go ahead but we need you to sell those tickets, please
- you could in £400! Peter is very keen that the draw is a
success as Eric (Dusty, if you prefer) was so very keen on it.
stubs and money to be sent to the Admin Office at Bucks Rail Centre,
have received this request and hope that someone can help. If you
can help please let our Office know as well as Rita.
was lovely chatting to you. Please can you put out a request for a
guest speaker to join us for our Mens' Luncheon 28th November 2017.,
at 11.30 for 12.00.
& Activities Facilitator
by Tony Lyster