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Railwatch 074 - December 1997

London and South East

By Simon Martin

North of the River The Branch is very pleased to welcome new activity in the North West corner of London particularly over the proposed Croxley Link. A1though this is the smallest Underground proposal on the table it is extremely important locally - it is also a good test of a situation that involves all the rail authorities in that area! We have also begun work on lobbying for improvements to the West London Line, particularly at Willesden Junction where the signage and announcements are appalling. lt is hoped to hold a meeting in Willesden in 1998. Silverlink seem to want a new start, so we are hopeful that we are pushing at an open door.

Chiltern Line Chiltern Railways yet again reduced the services in Sudbury with the new timetab1e. However, thanks to a very swift response by the Branch a new London-bound peak train is to be added shortly. A real success for a poorly served pair of stations and a tribute to all involved.

The Branch has been involved in conferences recently on integrated transport - sponsored by the Government Office for London, and Kingston University. We have also contributed to the debate. We are also commenting on the transport issues of the Government for London debate.

In a short-sighted move Railtrack want to move Hampton Court Station away from Hampton Court! The proposed development must call into question the future of the branch line. We are already working with local FOE groups in opposition. Our latest leaflet on the Outer Circle, a joint effort with Transport 2000 has been well received - if you have a local library or station please ask for a supply as these are display-friendly.

Branch Committee members are active in Kingston and South East London transport activist round tables and likely to be involved in the Wimbledon Transport Forum. We have also commented on the South London Overground paper from the LRPC and have been highly critical of Connex's cuts.

Londonwide TAR The branch is contributing to the next campaign report from TAR, and we hope to have a major involvement in the planned conference.

Dates for your diary: Coastway Conference: 22 November, 1997. SW division meeting: 4 December, 1997. Branch AGM 28 February, 1998.

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