Stage one of the Bristol Metro Rail Campaign has left the government in no doubt about how the region feels about rail.
The consultation on the specification for the Great Western Franchise is now closed. But that isn’t any reason to stop campaigning. Stage two starts here.
FOCUS ON FOUR TRACK
In June, the government makes a key decision on how to spend its High Level Operating Strategy funds (HLOS as rail enthusiasts know it). It’s some of this funding we need in the West of England, if we’re to get those crucial four tracks on Filton Bank which will make half-hourly trains possible across the local network. And as we all know the half-hourly trains will lead to re-opened stations which will in turn lead to more trains.
Four tracking is essential for more trains, more often in Greater Bristol. These images show the track beds for the four tracks which existed in Bristol until their removal in the early 80s. We’re running on two tracks at the moment which causes bottlenecks and limits capacity for more local trains. We need them reinstated to help achieve our vision of Greater Bristol Metro Rail.
So from now until June, we’re going to Focus on Four track
. If you want to see your local station re-opened, or even if you live in Portishead and only care about that line, now is the time to bang on as loud as you can to government, and spread the news to your friends.
Justine Greening MP - Secretary of State for Transport - tell her why we need our four track
ALL local rail improvements in the West of England area depend on laying the right tracks first.
Write to the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening AND the Minister of State for Transport Theresa Villiers, at the addresses below and dazzle them with your technical know how. Show them that you understand what four track is and the reasons why we need it. Don’t worry if you’ve never really heard of it before. Go to our four track page for the non-rail-buff explanation. You’ll soon get your head around it.
The Right Honourable Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
E-mail her as well at: email@example.com
Theresa went to university in Bristol so she is familiar with the city.
Also write to Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State for Transport (with responsibility for Rail Strategy). The Right Honourable Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State for Transport, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
E-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DON’T STOP SIGNING THE PETITION
1,591 signatures, at least the last time the Metro Rail Campaign took a peek at the Number 10 e-petition. That’s pretty impressive in such a short time. Thank you to all signatories, tweeters, re-tweeters, Facebookers, QR coders and good old-fashioned letter writers. Don’t stop just because the consultation has ended. That was only the beginning. There’s still plenty of campaigning to do.