Area: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire
More Train Less Strain campaigns for decent rail services in the West Country and the whole of the UK.
We are campaigning for:
- A decent train service with enough carriages so you know you won't be left standing on the platform
- Trains that leave and arrive when they are meant to
- Fares that are fair
Is that too much to ask?
This lift isn't good enough
A planning application has been lodged to put in just one lift at Bath Spa station that is too small to fit a single bicycle unless up-ended! It will be large enough for one wheelchair and attendant and will then be full. If accepted, the lift will be installed and the ramp demolished.
The closing date for objections is 5th May. View the proposals online and object.
Passengers at risk from removal of exit ramp
Passengers using Bath Spa face a risk of being crushed and injured or worse as a result of the seriously flawed redevelopment of the station. Multi Development UK Ltd is redeveloping the station as part of its redevelopment of Bath shopping centre.
The £6.5 million plan includes the removal of the ramp access to and from the London bound platform, currently used by up to 25% of passengers. The listed ramp was built by Brunel and is also used as a car park and a dropping off point for disabled and elderly passengers.
More Train Less Strain has launched a campaign to save or replace the ramp. The stairway is already full to capacity and congestion is chronic in the rush hour and made worse as the steep stairs lead directly to exit barriers that create a dangerous pinch point.
If you share our concerns please make your concerns known to the Office of Rail Regulation which is responsible for rail health and safety. Email them at email@example.com. Please also send a copy to your MP (in Bath it is firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Mark Hopwood, the new managing director of First Great Western (Mark.Hopwood@FirstGroup.com). Please also write to your local paper.
Wot, no fare strike?
That's right. We met in December with Mark Hopwood, the new First Great Western Director. He hasn't bought us off, but we had to acknowledge that FGW has improved since being threatened last spring with the loss of its franchise by the Government. Long may this continue. Mark warned us that they may lose some rolling stock this spring to be returned to Arriva Wales, and that if this happens they will do their best to replace it. We warned him that whilst FGW is better it is still not good enough, and that we and thousands of commuters will continue to keep a close daily watch on their progress.
A better service on the way?
The Department for Transport (DfT) has ordered First Great Western to submit a 'Remedial Plan' to explain how it will reduce cancellations. First has agreed to pay £29 million for a package of passenger benefits. However, it's vital that we keep up the pressure for a better service, so if your train service continues to be poor for the price you pay, please continue to complain to the DfT and copy in your MP and your local newspaper.
On Monday 28 January commuters from Oxford, Bath, Frome, Warminster, Oldfield Park, Keynsham, Yate and Yatton took part in a fare strike. The strike was in protest at higher fares, a reduction in the number of carriages and a cut in the number of trains stopping at local stations.