Sunday, 17 December 2017

New railway watchdog aims to improve service

COMMUTERS in Henley have formed a rail users’ group.

They met at the Hot Gossip café in Friday Street last Wednesday to explore a new vision for the Henley-to-Twyford branch line.

The group will meet monthly to draw up proposals relating to service delivery levels and overcrowding, electrification and its impact on the branch line, scheduling and timetabling, the impact of Crossrail, fares, revenue and station parking and the feasibility of a cycle path along the line between Henley and Shiplake.

It will then look to liaise with First Great Western and Network Rail in the run up to the train company franchise renewal in 2015.

Town councillor Will Hamilton, who is leading the group, said: “Service levels on the branch line have been unsatisfactory, connections missed, and commuters on several peak services are often being left stranded at Twyford station due to poor service delivery.

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