Join us for city trip
Y OUR correspondent, Dave Wood, is correct with his calls for investment in rail," wrote the four Executive Members of the West of England Partnership Joint Transport Executive, Councillor Charles Gerrish, Bath and North East Somerset, Councillor Gary Hopkins, Bristol City Council, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset, Councillor Brian Allinson, South Gloucestershire in a letter to the Evening Post. (August 25).
The councillors' statement is a tribute to the Evening Post for providing an outlet for local people; to Dave Wood's tireless campaigning in the letters page; to Bristol RMT and to the councillors who now recognise that growing rail passenger numbers in the Greater Bristol area needs increased investment in rail. What is especially encouraging is that the councillors are speaking for the whole Partnership area – not just their patch.
However, one half-hourly cross Bristol train service is in the "rail vision" West of England Joint Local Transport plan 2005-2011. And surely the frustrated taxpayers of WEP land are entitled to see their money spent on the agreed WEP policy.
This is an invitation to the four executive members to join us on a cross-city rail journey.
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A Sunday train journey between Weston-super-Mare and Avonmouth – without changing at Temple Meads – is on the timetable.
Just name the date and station of departure and FOSBR will do our best to participate, publicise and celebrate.
Julie Boston, Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways.