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Author Topic: Okehampton-Tavistock. Discussion on reopening and potential use as a diversionary route  (Read 134362 times)
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« Reply #495 on: November 29, 2017, 06:06:14 PM »

Westcountry news on itv this evening are discussing that the government are exploring a dawlish avoider, announced in Exeter this morning, most likely via Okehampton. An ‘expert’ says it will cost the equivalent of 2miles of HS2 to restore Okehampton to Plymouth!
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« Reply #496 on: November 29, 2017, 06:46:34 PM »

Westcountry news on itv this evening are discussing that the government are exploring a dawlish avoider, announced in Exeter this morning, most likely via Okehampton. An ‘expert’ says it will cost the equivalent of 2miles of HS2 to restore Okehampton to Plymouth!

HS2 mile equivalents is an excellent unit of measurement  Grin

This seems a sensible idea on the part of the government. Perhaps they could fast-track any consultations as elements have been looked at before AND it's in line with stated policy of re-opening Beechinged lines AND it would do so much for the area, AND it's at a cost of less that 5km of HS2 (that's the metric equivalent of HS2 miles!)

Full credit to the government in coming up with this excellent idea even if borrowed from elsewhere!
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« Reply #497 on: December 01, 2017, 07:36:36 PM »


An interesting feature:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/01/okehampton-residents-welcome-talk-of-reopening-railway-lines

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« Reply #498 on: December 02, 2017, 06:45:44 PM »

Thanks for posting, Umberleigh.  Wink

Purely in the interests of continuity and clarity, I've now moved and merged a couple of existing discussion topics here - all relating to Okehampton.

Hope this helps.  Smiley

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« Reply #499 on: December 21, 2017, 09:24:58 AM »

Okerail have posted the following on Facebook...

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There are posters going up in Okehampton with misleading information regarding the trial.

1. The poster says the trial will start in 2018. This not accurate. No date has been set by DfT yet. Talks are being had by them with GWR as soon as we know a date we will say. In truth 2019 is more likely.

2. It says that there will be a 300 place park and ride. While there will be a car park, there has been no absolute commitment yet. 300 would be the absolute maximum but doesn’t allow for buses. A park and ride in the sense of those in cities, is not what is being looked at. Work is going on now relating to the New Parkway station and the car park. We will post about that when we can.

3. It also says that it will run through to Exeter Central. While this is an aspiration, at the moment there is no commitment. GWR are aware of the importance of Central as a destination and it is part of the discussions going forward.

4. Logos. None of the organisations have given permission for their logos to be used on this poster. I know for sure that DCC are unhappy because of the misleading messages.

Why am I making a thing about this? DfT insist  on communities having the same focus. If there is any apparent dissenting within groups that are leading, that could stop discussions and the DfT could look elsewhere.

If anyone wants to discuss this further, drop me a message and I will happily do so.

Kev Ball.
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« Reply #500 on: December 21, 2017, 10:00:49 AM »

Okerail have posted the following on Facebook...
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Why am I making a thing about this? DfT insist  on communities having the same focus. If there is any apparent dissenting within groups that are leading, that could stop discussions and the DfT could look elsewhere.

Requoting that to emphasise the importance of the community and groups speaking with a united voice; at stages where there are options to be chosen between (or indeed where input is requested for options), there will of course be a variety of views.   But then it's really up to community and groups to come together and present that united front, and perhaps to explain it to late-comer groups who may have their own suggestions that aren't compatible with the generally accepted view.

I suppose it's a bit like cabinet  of company director's responsibility - there may be occasions on a board where I don't feel 100% happy with the majority view / decision as being the best - but I will support it if it's not catastrophic.  And I would far rather deal with an organisation that's clear in its direction no matter who I talk to there if I'm going to be forming a long term official relationship with the organisation.
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