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Eastern

EASTERN DIVISION

An integral part of Railfuture's London and South East regional branch, our Eastern Division holds six meetings a year.

Area

Our area covers non-TfL services in east and north-east London and south Essex, including the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.

Within Eastern Division's area there are two Rail User Groups affiliated to Railfuture:
The local Community Rail Partnership in part of our area is the Essex & South Suffolk CRP.

Meetings

The Division usually meets bi-monthly in Stratford on the second Wednesday of the odd-numbered months, at 18.30. The next one will be on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at St. John's Church, Stratford Broadway, London E15 1NG.

Following meeting on Wednesday 8 November.

Contact howard.thomas at railfuture.org.uk or at 24 South Primrose Hill, Chelmsford, CM1 2RG or phone 01245 280503, before 21.00.

Activities

As part of the London & South East Branch of Railfuture, the Eastern Division has contributed to numerous consultations including Local Transport Plans, Local Development Frameworks, Multi-modal studies, Route Utilisation Strategies, DfT franchise proposals, and proposed timetable changes.

Stay up-to-date with all Railfuture and other events and key dates here.

Catch up with other London & South East rail development campaigning news in the regional branch's quarterly newsletter railse here.

During 2013 we reviewed prospects for three new stations in our area: Lea Bridge, Beam Reach, and Beaulieu Park.
Another major topic was Network Rail's draft Passenger Market Study for London and the South East, launched for consultation in April, published in October. See LTPP PMS for L&SE.

The Division hosted two joint branch meetings with neighbouring East Anglia branch representatives in Chelmsford.


In 2012 Eastern Division supported a successful joint bid to Railfuture's Fighting Fund by the regional branch and the Railfuture-affiliated Chingford Line Users Association (CLUA). The grant has been used to commission a report by JR Consulting, to be used in specialist lobbying of key rail industry and political decision-makers for improving access from Waltham Forest to the rail network, in three ways:
  • reopening Lea Bridge station (closed July 1985) by the end of Network Rail's Control Period 4 in March 2014;
  • doubling local Lea Valley line services in and out of Stratford to four trains per hour, and on seven days a week, during Control Period 5;
  • improving links between Chingford/Walthamstow and the Stratford interchange by the end of Control Period 6 eg reopening Hall Farm curve.

Click View or download to see the full 25-page JRC report "Lea Valley Rail - better access to jobs and homes" 3.16MB

29 January 2013: Good news from Waltham Forest Council on Lea Bridge station.

26 March 2013: DfT funding for Lea Bridge station, from New Stations Fund. More info: DfT press release

10 July 2015 - Transport Minister sees start of works for Spring 2016 opening: Lea Bridge station starts.

STOP PRESS 25 April 2016 - confirmation of May station reopening.
See Railfuture's press release.

Chingford Line Users Association (Railfuture affiliate)
AGM and public meeting on 12 June 2012, held as usual at St. Mary's Welcome Centre, Church End, Walthamstow Village, London, E17 9RJ. Speakers were Greater Anglia's Jonathan Denby, and Jonathan Roberts who presented his Fighting Fund-supported report on Improving Waltham Forest's access to the rail network - view or download the Powerpoint presentation introducing "Lea Valley Rail - putting Waltham Forest into the equation" 1.99MB.

This was followed on Monday 18 June 2012 by a well-attended evening meeting, in Waltham Forest Town Hall, of local businesses and a range of other organisations all keenly interested in supporting the reopening of Lea Bridge station within the next two years - view or download the Powerpoint presentation "Lea Bridge back on the map".

Take Part

We campaign for sustainable growth in market share for rail transport. Therefore we support initiatives which will improve the attraction of rail and create a successful, financially secure rail industry: sufficient capacity, efficient customer service, simpler fares, improved connectivity, faster schedules, network enhancements and improved competitiveness with other modes of transport. If you share these ideals please contact us. We welcome new members, and people to share practical ideas and to help put plans into action.

Contact

Divisional Convener howard.thomas at railfuture.org.uk



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