Monday, 29 June 2009

Getting The Railways Back On Track

Reading Borough Council's Corporate, Community and External Affairs (CCEA) Scrutiny Panel is due to stage it's second annual session where public concerns over the state of the railways will be raised and discussed.

First Great Western Managing Director Mark Hopwood and Route Director Richard Rowland will represent the company.

They will be joined by FGW's Reading Re-Development Project Team, Tony Walker for Network Rail and Reading Borough Council's Head of Transport Pat Baxter to answer questions about the the recently submitted plans for the massive redevelopment of Reading Station.

Matt Brady advertises the meeting due to be held tomorrow, on Tuesday 30th June starting at 6.30pm in the Council Chamber at Reading Civic Centre.

Matt is angry that Network Rail bosses are paid six-figure sums while presiding over a service which is "often unpleasant and horrendously expensive", while Robin Smith adds his concern at recent 30% fare rises.


Update: Redlands LibDems, Cllr Daisy Benson and Cllr Kirsten Bayes, are taking a proactive line and will be putting the corporate bigwigs on the spot.

LibDem transport spokesperson, Cllr Ricky Duveen criticised the non-attendance of Labour members on the committee and said, "We need a dialogue between FGW and Reading rail users and will be campaigning for this to continue."

Here Cllr Benson reports back.

Matt Brady is all in favour of a rail user group to communicate with the operator.

Oranjepan says:
If you have any questions you wish to raise why not go along to the meeting yourself. If you can't make it please use this online form to post a question.

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