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Author Topic: Petition - Reopen Pilning Station's 2nd platform and make it a request stop  (Read 1416 times)
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« on: August 30, 2019, 09:52:09 am »

From Parliament Petitions

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Reopen Pilning Station's 2nd platform and make it a request stop

Great Western Railway run a shoddy service at Pilning Station, to artificially lower passenger stats. Network Rail shut the 2nd platform, without public consultation, to avoid paying for a replacement footbridge.

Order Network Rail to reopen the 2nd platform & order GWR to run more trains.

There are 3,647 living in Pilning, who could be using this station if it was not being deliberately hobbled by GWR:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilning

The Pilning Station page on Wikipedia shows that Network Rail removed a footbridge during electrification works, rather than replace it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilning_railway_station

There is popular support to improve the station:
https://www.pilningstation.uk/
https://twitter.com/PilningStation

Please do the right thing.

Brought to forum members' attention ... comment / thought welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 11:19:22 am »

The language is perhaps a tad confrontational but I suppose it helps highlight the issue.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 11:56:07 am »

Ultimately it barely serves nearby Pilning village, and yes it would be ideal to have connections to the South Wales Mainline however itís statistics only increased after the campaign to reopen the second platform was made public. A lot of the passengers are enthusiasts or travellers who find the station interesting. Before this it was getting usage below 100 people per year.

If you are going to improve the station you might as well go all out, asking for 2tph to serve it is optimistic.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 01:12:46 pm »

Other threads on this forum have discussed the growing new employment centre nearby, the relocation of the station to exploit this and the emergence of SEWWEB. All these factors could make the rebuilding of the bridge unnecessary. It really is down to a longer term view being needed as to what to do there.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 02:56:03 pm »

Ultimately it barely serves nearby Pilning village, and yes it would be ideal to have connections to the South Wales Mainline however itís statistics only increased after the campaign to reopen the second platform was made public. A lot of the passengers are enthusiasts or travellers who find the station interesting. Before this it was getting usage below 100 people per year.

If you are going to improve the station you might as well go all out, asking for 2tph to serve it is optimistic.

Why do stations gets less that two passengers a day?    It could be because there aren't the trains calling there that people want to use, or it could be because there aren't the people to use the trains.     Here's a mapped example of each:


On the left, a station with two trains per week.    On the right, a station with very few people around to use the trains, though 44 call there on request each week.

The number of service at Pining is identical to the number of services that call at the station shown on the left map here ... just off a motorway junction, a big car park across, industry and housing.   No matter how fabulous the area around a station is - ripe with potential traffic - you ain't going to get a huge upturn unless you raise the service level.    And that service level, surely should be out and back journeys.

I agree with the petitioner that a both-way service should be offered.   I agree it should be far, far more than two calls a week.    I do not agree it should be "calls on request" - the number of passengers with a station in both directions and an appropriate service (and probably with much better reach to both employment and residences) should be such that every Taunton - Cardiff train has to call anyway.

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