Railway redoubling is finally complete

Railway redoubling is finally complete

Railway redoubling is finally complete

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THE redoubling of the Stroud-Swindon railway line has finally finished, after funding was first secured three years ago.

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has been campaigning to turn the single track into two for many years. He said he is incredibly pleased to see it finally complete.

“ I was pleased to have successfully convinced the Chancellor of the Exchequer to invest £40 million in this line and since then I have been pressing hard to ensure that when the line is completed First Great Western operate an enhanced number of trains to increase the regularity of trains,” he said.

The new track means that trains can run simultaneously, where before the single track prohibited this, improving the service between Stroud and Swindon for commuters and residents.

“The redoubling of the Swindon-Kemble line, and of the Moreton to Evesham line, are of major importance to my constituency of The Cotswolds and I am delighted that the two Cotswold stations now have redoubled lines,” added Mr Clifton-Brown. “This will benefit both businesses and visitors to and from the Cotswolds enormously.”

The creation of the second track on 12 miles of the line will improve overall capacity between Swindon and Standish Junction, providing a better service locally.

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9:50am Wed 3 Sep 14

Pentheus says...

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown blah blah I secured funding ,blah blah I have been campaigning for 150 years blah blah.......


The truth is the doubling is part of the capacity requirement for when the Paddington -Bristol /South Wales section is shut for electrification by Network Snail and trains are diverted requiring the rail capacity.The money for the venture was reallocated by the DFT back in 2009 when the Westbury Bypass Road was cancelled.Have a look at the revised timetable and note the substantially increased frequency of trains ! yer right......

Still it is approaching Election year and must be seen to be doing something community based..... the plus is it gets voters eyes off the soaring debt , immigration out of control, and Police forces lying about crime by under reporting crime incidents Gloucestershire included.

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Geoffrey Clifton-Brown blah blah I secured funding ,blah blah I have been campaigning for 150 years blah blah....... The truth is the doubling is part of the capacity requirement for when the Paddington -Bristol /South Wales section is shut for electrification by Network Snail and trains are diverted requiring the rail capacity.The money for the venture was reallocated by the DFT back in 2009 when the Westbury Bypass Road was cancelled.Have a look at the revised timetable and note the substantially increased frequency of trains ! yer right...... Still it is approaching Election year and must be seen to be doing something community based..... the plus is it gets voters eyes off the soaring debt , immigration out of control, and Police forces lying about crime by under reporting crime incidents Gloucestershire included. http://www.justicein spectorates.gov.uk/h mic/wp-content/uploa ds/crime-data-integr ity-gloucestershire- 2014.pdf Pentheus
  • Score: 3

11:43am Wed 3 Sep 14

Robert Jeanes says...

Party-speak is something that those of us with wisdom teeth have to put up with. The absurd single-line arrangement between Swindon and Kemble has been wanting for years and will, have cost billions - lost in efficiency and convenience alone. Fair enough.
But now, the Cotswolds is much better connected to London (and Westminster).
Cue, surely, that this upgrade will be on developers' brochures - which firms, ironically, our MP supports?
Is the area now an even better Second-Homes utopia?
Party-speak is something that those of us with wisdom teeth have to put up with. The absurd single-line arrangement between Swindon and Kemble has been wanting for years and will, have cost billions - lost in efficiency and convenience alone. Fair enough. But now, the Cotswolds is much better connected to London (and Westminster). Cue, surely, that this upgrade will be on developers' brochures - which firms, ironically, our MP supports? Is the area now an even better Second-Homes utopia? Robert Jeanes
  • Score: -1

1:38pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Pentheus says...

And which political party pulled the track up in the first place ?

Er the Conservatives ! who with the aid of Ernest Marples Transport Minister and an ICI accountant chopped the second line. You remember Ernie Marples who when in office wrecked the rail structure whilst he was opening the first section of the M1. The company who was involved in the build was yes you have guessed it Marples Ridgway. No conflict of interest then despite Ernie owning 80% of the shares........ Conservatives and sleaze is not new !
And which political party pulled the track up in the first place ? Er the Conservatives ! who with the aid of Ernest Marples Transport Minister and an ICI accountant chopped the second line. You remember Ernie Marples who when in office wrecked the rail structure whilst he was opening the first section of the M1. The company who was involved in the build was yes you have guessed it Marples Ridgway. No conflict of interest then despite Ernie owning 80% of the shares........ Conservatives and sleaze is not new ! Pentheus
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Col Mustard says...

Ah when do we get the photo oppurtunity of GCB posing in a victorian frock coat and an Isambard Kingdom Brunel stove pipe hat with one foot on the rail proclaiming "Only the Conservatives can do this".... .

You will have to excuse me I think I am going to be sick!
Ah when do we get the photo oppurtunity of GCB posing in a victorian frock coat and an Isambard Kingdom Brunel stove pipe hat with one foot on the rail proclaiming "Only the Conservatives can do this".... . You will have to excuse me I think I am going to be sick! Col Mustard
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Olly Cromwell says...

With such an improved train service old Etonian greedy Parliamentary house 'flippers' like Geoffrey could actually commute daily to London
With such an improved train service old Etonian greedy Parliamentary house 'flippers' like Geoffrey could actually commute daily to London Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Col Mustard says...

I think GCB has done a bunk to the middle east have a look at

http://www.cotswoldc
onservatives.co.uk. ???????????????
I think GCB has done a bunk to the middle east have a look at http://www.cotswoldc onservatives.co.uk. ??????????????? Col Mustard
  • Score: 0
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