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Author Topic: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion  (Read 83299 times)
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« Reply #810 on: April 29, 2019, 10:20:25 pm »

You did indeed:

I see that the residents of Goring have effectively lost their battle to get any changes to the electrification in the area.  Network Rail will plant a few trees instead (and probably chop them down in a few years to prevent too many leaves falling on the line).
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« Reply #811 on: April 30, 2019, 07:44:58 am »

If Network Rail are that keen to mitigate an act of electrification vandalism, then they could always pledge 3.75 million towards the cost of Pilning Westgate...

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I see that the residents of Goring have effectively lost their battle to get any changes to the electrification in the area.  Network Rail will plant a few trees instead (and probably chop them down in a few years to prevent too many leaves falling on the line).

The 'news' to me was the scale of the local funding being invested at Goring when changes to the electrification equipment proved impractical.  Comparing, as Lee was, Goring and Pilning - which could both be considered as "Network Rail vandalism", I have to wonder at the criteria used to decide where to fund mitigation for what may be needed as part of the whole electrification plan, and how those criteria are applied evenly and openly by what is now a public body.
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« Reply #812 on: April 30, 2019, 07:59:05 am »

The formula for such funding appears to be based on the number and volume of moaners.
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« Reply #813 on: April 30, 2019, 07:59:43 am »

That was exactly my reason for posting the link.  I can think of several places that could have used that 3.5 Million to useful effect, and like Grahame I think that NR may have just thrown a sum of money at the Goring residents to try and 'shut them up' (and yes, I know that NR has a duty of care as 'Good Neighbours').
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« Reply #814 on: April 30, 2019, 10:49:54 pm »

In defence of NR, if you read the article the money is largely (3m out of 3.75m) to be spent in the wider area of the Chilterns and N Wessex Downs AONBs on landscape enhancement. That's quite a substantial area - anywhere from Luton to Devizes, Swindon to Basingstoke or Reading to Aylesbury. If it's like the biodiversity offsetting funds they are distributing, they will struggle to attract grant applications.
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« Reply #815 on: May 29, 2019, 04:50:41 pm »

Oddly, on the return 9 car (stopping at Didcot) we went on to diesel for the Didcot restart before reverting to OLE after a few minutes and while in motion. 

That is to ensure that they did not have to slow down to get under the bridge at Steventon. AIUI on the up journey you presumably did slow down as you were on the approach to Didcot. 

Are they still using diesel through or slowing down??

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A BID to demolish a historic railway bridge in South Oxfordshire will now go to a public hearing.

The government's Planning Inspectorate has announced it will use the meeting to hear petitions from Network Rail over why it wants to knock down Steventon Road bridge as part of its electrification of the Great Western Mainline.

It will also hear submissions from residents who are trying to fight the demolition.

The date of the hearing has not yet been announced.
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« Reply #816 on: May 29, 2019, 04:54:39 pm »

Diesel still.
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