Our Herts and Beds Division (formerly Northern Division) is an integral part of Railfuture's London and South East regional branch. We aim to be the leading independent advocate for the rail industry and rail users in the area.
Our area covers Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire (comprising three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton).
Within our Herts & Beds Division there are seven Rail User Groups affiliated to Railfuture:
- Abbey Flyer Users' Group (lapsed)
- Association of Public Transport Users (Thameslink)
- Bedford Commuters Association
- Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association
- Hadley Wood Rail User Group
- Hatfield Association of Rail Travellers
- Watford Rail Users Group - email.
We aim to become the main centre of independent rail advocacy for this area.
The next meeting is still planned for Saturday 28th March, but via video-conference. The particular topic will again be the draft Rail Strategy for Hertfordshire, the County Council consultation closing on Monday 30th March. Our shared aspirations for a post-GTR era, whatever form a successor operational contract, or contracts, might be in the wake of the forthcoming publication of the Williams Rail Review, will also be referenced.
It will therefore NOT be held as usual at St. Paul's Church, corner of Hatfield Road/Blandford Road, St. Albans, AL1 4JP. 10.45 for 11.00 start, to 13.00. Contact Division Convener Neil Middleton, below. All rail user groups and community rail partnerships welcome.
The previous meeting on 22nd February had as its particular topic the draft Rail Strategy for Hertfordshire, the County Council consulting until Monday 30th March.
We have held several valuable meetings of this Division, formed in 2014, all in St. Albans. Regular participants include members from a number of local rail user groups and our neighbouring Thames Valley and East Anglia branches, plus Trevor Mason of Herts County Council and previously Larry Heyman, now Patrick Ladbury from GTR.
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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.
Email Herts & Beds Division Convener Neil Middleton: neil.middleton at railfuture.org.uk