2nd October 2009

SHREWSBURY TO ABERYSTWYTH RAILWAY LIAISON COMMITTEE

MINUTES of a meeting held at the

Town Hall Welshpool on Friday 2nd October 2009  11.15am

This meeting was held as the Annual Meeting of the Committee

 

1.00      ATTENDANCE AND APOLOGIES

PRESENT

Cllr M Williams Chair Shropshire Council

Cllr P James Vice Chair Ceredigion CC

R A Robinson Secretary Welshpool Town Council

Ben Davies Arriva Trains

Gerwyn Jones Rail Development Officer

Matt King Aberystwyth University Student Union

Nigel  Aberystwyth University

Cllr G Evans Chair of Tracc

Cllr J M Williams Machynlleth

Cllr F Torrens Powys CC and Newtown Town Council

Ian Murray Representative of Rail Future

Cllr M Jones Powys CC

Representative of Kerry Town Council

Cllr M Benjamin Aberystwyth Town Council

Cllr L Edwards Penparcau Town Council

D Koring Rail Development Officer Shropshire Council

 

APOLOGIES

Dr D A Wallbank

Mr H J Parton Machynlleth

Cllr J Gibson Church Stretton

R Goodhew Shrewsbury

D Crunkhorn Arriva Trains

Cllr T Roberts Gwynedd Council

 

2.00      MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

These were approved as a correct record.

 

3.00      FUNDING OF THE COMMITTEE

The secretary is to make contact with the three County Councils affected to seek £250 pa each to support the work of the Committee.

To date only Shropshire has responded positively.  No response from Powys County Council and no further response from Ceredigiion County Council.

 

4.00      BANK ACCOUNT

A separate bank account is to be set for the Committee.  The papers have been prepared.

The signatories to the account are to be:

 

5.00      HOURLY RAIL SERVICE PROVISION

An update was given on the hourly train service.

 

6.00    GENERAL OPEN FORUM

A general discussion took place with the following points raised:

 

7.00    RAIL DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS REPORT (to be published on the web site)

The rail development officer’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.

There were a number of publications issued for members to take away.

 

8.00    ARRIVA TRAINS REPORT (to be published on the web site)

The Arriva Trains Report had been issued prior the meeting.

All agreed that the service provision is now excellent with very few hitches.

 

9.00   NETWORK RAIL REPORT (to be published on the web site)

A copy of the report was circulated prior to the meeting with the agenda.

The works to allow the hourly service are generally on programme.

 

10.00    WEB SITE

The Web Site is now up and running at  http://www.welshpooltowncouncil.com/railwaypage.htm

 

11.00    FOOTBRIDGE AT WELSHPOOL STATION

The footbridge surfacing is falling into disrepair a lot more now.  It appears that WAG and Arriva own the bridge.  A letter has been sent to both the Station Manager at Machynlleth

and to WAG to see if some money could be found to repair the surfacing.

To date their has been no responses from either.

 

12.00    DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To be Friday 25th March 2010. The meeting will be held at Welshpool Town Hall at 11.15am.