Basildon Lib Dem Ben Williams is a big fan of the engineering wonder that is the London Underground. But he doesn’t like the way it treats its passengers:
I’ve always wanted to be in awe of the London Underground, with its complex network of services and its myriad stations that take in incredibly varied landscapes. From the ‘little boxes’ suburbia of Upminster, to the east end of West Ham, with its rejuvenated twin in Stratford, to the eerie Bladerunner majesty of Docklands and Canary Wharf, to the lush countryside of Amersham, the lines of the London Underground go to astonishingly different places.
Frankly, though, the customer experience (I don’t dare suggest we are passengers) is appalling. A single example from a single day….
This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has a feature on the 125th anniversary of the railway coming to Rayleigh. There’s been a special competition for primary school children to design a mural or poster…
Network Rail have been sending out a letter to ‘lineside neighbours’ about upcoming railway works in Rayleigh. They will be carrying out improvement works between Southend and Shenfield from 13 June and lasting until 2019. Presumably each individual bit of track will be undergoing works only once during the four years.
However the main aspect of this is that there will be four access points for the road-to-rail vehicles, and one of these will be at ‘the western end of Rayleigh Station Car Park” and this will be used at certain times at overnight and at weekends. Network Rail say “some disruption is inevitable but we do what we can to minimise this.” They have arranged a drop-in session at the Cloister West of Holy Trinity Church next Tuesday 9th June 6.15-8.15 pm where you can get more info.
3rd October 2014 – Rayleigh Railway Station 125th Anniversary
At 1.30pm on Friday 3rd October we will be involved in a short ceremony to mark the 125th anniversary of the railway coming to Rayleigh. There will also be a small photographic exhibition on the history of the railway.
Councillor Michael Hoy writes here about a new County Council policy:
“With effect from September 2015 Essex County Council have changed the policy on Home to School Transport for new pupils meaning parents or carers will have to pay themselves if their children go to Sweyne-Park School even though they may live over 3 miles away and would currently be entitled to free transport. Sweyne-Park is the Catchment School for Hullbridge and currently has 248 Hullbridge children over the years 7-11…
…..I have opposed and remain opposed to this policy and will be campaigning against it. I will post on here proposals for how the campaign will be formulated later….
…..The Echo will be taking a photograph at 3.30pm on Monday by the bus stop in Ferry Lane by the Car Park. As many people as possible are needed to be in it.
We have the Local Highways Panel next Thursday, and County Highways officers are now recommending that the bus stop opposite Hambro Parade stays where it is! As we reported last October most councillors on the panel – Conservative and UKIP, as it happens – had voted to move it down to the junction with Ferndale Road, with a cost of up to £75,000.
The report says:
– The ECC Road Safety Team did not support the scheme going ahead
– There was a councillor objection in the local press – that was Ron Oatham!
– Rawreth Parish Council objected
– A Road safety audit ‘identified many points of safety/design for both the proposed bus stop and proposed layby location’
– “Consulation with Stategy and Engagement and Passenger Transportwho both were not in favour… Congestion will not be removed”
– Diverting BT infrastructure at the layby would be expensive
– insufficient space to safely install the bus bay.
So hopefully on Thursday the panel will decide to drop the idea and leave the bus stop where it is!