Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Rail users given chance to voice concerns

TRAIN users in Henley will be surveyed on plans for a new half-hourly service

TRAIN users in Henley will be surveyed on plans for a new half-hourly service.

Great Western Railway plans to bring in the new shuttle trains on the Henley branch line to replace the existing service, which runs every 45 minutes.

It would mean faster travel for residents of Henley, Shiplake and Twyford but Wargrave would be missed out by alternate trains during off-peak, meaning it would only have an hourly service.

The Henley Branch User Group says it will hand out questionnaires to passengers once it has a copy of the new timetable after GWR failed to confirm that it would carry out a consultation. Patricia Mulcahy, who chairs the group, said: “This is a good opportunity for people to have their voices heard and say what they think about the line in general.

“The more we hear from people the better we can represent their views.”

Maidenhead MP Theresa May has said she is disappointed that Wargrave services would be reduced and has written to GWR managing director Mark Hopwood.

GWR says its plans will benefit the majority of passengers who use the line and that additional services could be provided at Wargrave once the line has been electrified in 2019.

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