Links to external websites about the Meldreth, Foxton and Shepreth Rail User Group.
Cambridge News 20th February 2014 “Closure of Foxton level crossing could ‘reduce congestion from Harston to Melbourn”
Network Rail (NWR) has published a detailed feasibility study investigating ways to close Foxton level crossing and create an alternative route for the A10 and safe access for rail users, pedestrians and cyclists.
The study suggests a road bridge, at an estimated cost of £11.65m, and a footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists, at an estimated cost of £2.3m. The alternative is an underpass, which would take the A10 below the railway line and re-route the road slightly through fields in Barrington.
Residents can find out more at a drop-in event on the closure of the crossing this week at Foxton Village Hall.
Mr Oakley added: “The daily exhibition is being held to get people’s views, we will then talk to Network Rail and Cambridgeshire County Council and pass on those opinions.
“One of the major concerns is accessing this new section of the A10 It’s vital there are roundabouts as nothing else would slow traffic down enough. I think closing the level crossing will cause traffic to be more freeflowing, conjestion from Harston to Melbourn would be reduced. Anything that improves safety is something we must consider as a possibility.”
Royston Crow 9th January 2014 “Campaign launched in bid to help disabled train passengers ‘stranded’ in Cambridgeshire”
Melbourn ward county councillor Susan van de Ven chairs the rail user group. She said: “While Meldreth is a healthy and important rural station, the rail user group believes that many people are missing out on access to rail services there.
“Steep flights of steps over the tracks, and another set of steps leading down to the Melbourn side of the station, mean that only those able to climb stairs can use the station. This includes not only people who are elderly or infirm, but those managing pushchairs with small children.”
Royston Crow 8th October 2013 “Station gardens get spruced up”
In South Cambridgeshire, station garden volunteers will be tackling the tubs at Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth Stations this month, to turn things around for the winter.
Cllr Susan van de Ven, who chairs the Foxton, Meldreth and Shepreth rail user group, said: “We try as much as possible to rely upon donations of any spare items that people and shops might be ready to share.
“For the winter, we’re looking especially for pansies and bulbs, and also any remnants of bags of compost. We can also use any split perennials to put into the side gardens at Meldreth, which are maintained in conjunction with Meldreth Primary School.
“Our gardening teams are an ever changing mix of people, and if you would like to come along to any of our sessions, please do – all you need to bring is a pair of gardening gloves.”
Cambridge News 25th September 2013 “Bus services from Cambridge railway station to city centre are overpriced ”
“A county councillor is calling for a cheaper bus service from Cambridge railway station to the city centre to encourage more visitors from the rural villages. Currently Stagecoach’s Plusbus service costs £3.20 and provides unlimited travel around the city centre. But cllr Susan van de Ven says it is “overpriced” for those who only require a connection to the train station and back. The chair of the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group said: “The bus journey to the centre of Cambridge is quite short but there is no special fare arranged.”
Royston Weekly News 20th March 2013 “Poppy field to commemorate Shepreth soldiers”
“Thousands of poppies will transform an “eyesore” at a village train station next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The flowers will be planted as a tribute to villagers who died in the war and to remember the important role of Shepreth Railway Station, which was once used to transport wounded soldiers to hospital. The long strip of scrub land, adjacent to the Cambridge bound platform, is currently covered in a mass of brambles, so The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group hope the poppy garden will enhance the view of the station.”
Royston Weekly News 19th March 2013 “Safety first for students at Foxton Level Crossing”
“Students had a hands-on lesson in rail safety when they had a go at signalling trains through Foxton Level Crossing.
As part of a project to understand the potential dangers at level crossings and how to use them properly, the 12 and 13-year-olds from Melbourn Village College, visited Shepreth, Foxton and Meldreth Rail Stations with their teacher and county councillor Susan van de Ven.”
Cambridge News 8th February 2013 “Gate fault ‘putting youngsters crossing rail line in danger’ ”
“The Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group says children are being put in danger because they have to cross next to vehicles when the pedestrian gate is closed. Network Rail says the problem is due to an electrical fault they are working to overcome.”
Royston Crow 7th February 2013 “Fears over level crossing gate safety”
“Pedestrian gates at a problematic level crossing have been chained shut, causing school children to cross the tracks next to speeding traffic.”
Royston Weekly News 22nd November 2012 “New chapter for village train station”
Royston Weekly News 8th November 2012 “Campaigners claim hat-trick of prizes at national awards”
Royston Weekly News 1st November 2012 “Level crossing fears voiced by councillor”
ITV News 8th October 2012 “Level Crossing Safety” (Foxton crossing at 02:00)
The Times “Station of the year?”
BBC 15th August 2012 “Rapper Professor Green fronts rail crossing campaign” (including interview with Dave Ward, and clip of Foxton at 01:35)
ITV 15th Augist 2012 “Rap Star Professor Green promotes rail safety” (including interview with Dave Ward)
Royston News “New rail crossing gate system fails in first 3 weeks”
Meldreth Matters June 2012 “David Piggott – Our Amazing Station Master”
Royston Crow ”Safety boost for danger crossing”
Royston Weekly News “Train passengers are quizzed on upgrades”
Cambridge News “All options for danger crossing” 19th June 2012
ITV News “Network Rail agree to look how to improve crossing”
Report about the result of the meeting between Dave Ward and Cambridge County Council on Thursday 14th June 2012
Rail chief makes crossing pledge – Royston Weekly News 24th May 2012
Network Rail Foxton level crossing ‘fix’ promised by July – BBC News 23rd May 2012
BBC News “Villagers campaign for better crossing safety” – 22nd May 2012
Rail boss to face worried villagers – Royston Weekly News 21st May 2012
Cambridge and Ely News - Crossing signalling review
BBC News “Mother’s level crossing safety fight”
Report about Elsenham (12/4/12)
Melbourn Village College BBC Schools video report about Foxton Level Crossing:
( Other reports from the school as part of the BBC schools series: http://www.mvc.org.uk/index.php/curriculum/eal/english/bbc-school-report.html )
First Capital Connect donates wormeries to green-fingered schools (3/4/12)
Royston Crow “Railway level crossings endangering lives” (23-3-2012)
Cambridge News “Campaigners win safety pledge at danger crossing”
BBC “‘Notorious Cambridgeshire crossing upgrade plan”
Royston Weekly News “Rail anniversary used as platform for celebrations”
Cambs.com “Rural stations to celebrate landmark anniversary”
Cambridge First “Railway station gardens open at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton”
First Capital Connect “New station gardens at Meldreth, Shepreth, and Foxton”
Railfuture “Blossoming Support”
Meldreth History ”Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group: campaigning on local rail issues”