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Railwatch 079 - April 1999

Railwatch - The Sidings

Wrangle over future

The specialist committees of RDS came under fire from several members of the national executive at its meeting on 13 February.

In a continuation of an argument that continued through much of last year, John Stewart called for the parliamentary, passenger and perhaps the reopenings committee to be merged into a "super committee" called the campaigns team.

Attempts to arrive at a compromise whereby committee officers should be involved in providing information and advice on what was the best way forward failed.

Finally, long-standing executive member Mike Crowhurst tabled a procedural challenge pointing out that the executive was bound by a decision in September confirming the existing committee structure.

Railwatch - Roland White

Former RDS publicity officer Roland White died in January. He campaigned long and hard for the Channel Tunnel to be built and, once it was, he organised the first RDS Eurostar visit to France in December 1994.

Railwatch - Railtrack

RDS president Michael Caton and Alan Bevan met Railtrack's Peter Brown on 12 March to discuss infrastructure renewal, route upgrading and methods of funding new stations and line reopenings and pressure for busways.

Railwatch - Eurostars pledge

The Government has assured RDS general secretary Trevor Garrod that it is commissioning a study on north of London Eurostar services. The decision follows a House of Commons select committee report concluding that the regions have so far been cheated out of promised Eurostar services. The study will examine an RDS suggestion that the trains should be able to carry both domestic and international passengers.

Railwatch - Cycle rides

Wales & West is co-operating with RDS to boost bikes and rail on the weekend of 15 and 16 May. It will charge a £3 fee for bikes on its loco-hauled Bristol-Weymouth train but it will match the sum raised pound for pound and donate half to RDS and half to a nominated local charity. A ride will depart from Weymouth Pavilion at 11.45 after the arrival of the 09.00 ex Bristol (11.26 at Weymouth). Send an SAE to David Henshaw, 19 West Park, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7DB for full information.

The loco-hauled train MAY run on the Sunday giving the opportunity of a weekend in Weymouth. Details later.

Railwatch - Country charter

A Charter for Country Lanes is an alliance of groups campaigning to reduce speed limits from 60mph to 40mph and 20mph. Details: CPRE, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1P 0PP

Railwatch - Bedford blockers

Bedford Borough Council is still holding up the East-West rail link by trying to block trains coming into the town, even though it will bring substantial economic benefit to the town and to many other parts of the country.

Railwatch - Commons meeting

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker met RDS camapigners David Bigg and Peter Argent in December.

Railwatch - Road toll

A staggering total of 44,200 people were killed on Europe's roads in 1995. The road lobby has a lot to answer for.

Railwatch - RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Help us to fund research and publication of a new report on NEW STATIONS — THEIR COSTS AND BENEFITS

Help us organise an easily accessible library of material on railway development and its benefits to the community.

YOUR DONATIONS will help us succeed with these and other projects.

Send them to the Treasurer, David Bigg, Eye-Level,

76 Maldon Road, Witham, Essex CM8 1HP.

Trustees: Peter Rayner (Chairman), Trevor Garrod, David Bigg,

Ron Cotton, Michael Caton, Mike Beckett, John Saunders.

Railwatch - RDS lottery winners

November: A L Reid, Edinburgh £69, T J Howes, Warminster £43.12, Eric Reeves, Herne Bay £25.87, R H Gibson, Huntingdon £17.25, Ian Simpson, Stockport £8.63, Chris Odell, Earls Barton, Northants £8.63.

December: C Lindley, Sutton Coldfield £69, Andrew Bull, Macclesfield £43.12, Brian Hastings, Scunthorpe £25.87, C J Harley, March £17.25, M H Lloyd, Nottingham £8.63, Geoffrey Heathcock, Cambridge £8.63.

January: Nigel Perkins, London W3 £68.20, Raymond Bingham, Betws-y-Coed £42.62, Mark Edgell, Rotherham £25.57, David Peters, Telford £17.05, Miss Pat Salkeld, Morecambe £8.53, L Corbett, Alloa £8.53.

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