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Railwatch 072 - July 1997

London and Home Counties

By Simon Martin

Using votes The branch was active during the election campaign encouraging members to write to their prospective candidates on issues taken from our Rail Manifesto. The South Eastern division lobbied hard on the surcharging of the Docklands Light Railway link to Lewisham - and the South Western Division spoke to Labour and Lib-Dem candidates who had a real chance of winning. We were rewarded with a shake-out of Tory MPs in London. The reality is that we now have the best chance to see improvements in London's infrastructure since the demise of the Greater London Council. The East London Line extension should quickly get the go-ahead as a result. However, it is important for the branch not to rest on its laurels. There will be a new London-wide authority to influence. With John Prescott in overall charge of transport, we are optimistic of getting a London orbital rail scheme agreed.

Coastway The Coastway Division has done some very good work on a strategy document. We hope to launch the document in the autumn and the committee will make sure it is widely distributed.

Annual meeting The branch AGM was a well-attended affair and we had a lively debate on the prospects of Safer Stations from George Wright. Your committee now stands at 18 but if you wish to contact us please do so via the convenor listed in the last rail manifesto.

Going public The Thames division also had its inaugural meeting and I am hoping there will be a public meeting in July in Ealing. In the long term we may also establish a North West division for members in the Harrow region who are not well served by the current North Division set-up.

People The committee sends its best wishes to Frank Tomlins who has not been well. Thanks also to Linda lrvine who has put the Railondon budget on a sound footing.

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