Alex Meredith

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The siege is over!  Challow Bridge reopened today, reconnecting Faringdon and Wantage.    In a week when £15bn was announced to modernise A roads nationwide, the west side of Vale of White Horse finally has all of ours open.  After a series of maintenance clots that have clogged up our traffic circulation for months, all our major arteries have at last been cleared. Well done to Network Rail and the contractor Murphy for delivering the new bridge… Read More

The petition against the closure of the A417 (with over 1000 signatures) was presented to Oxfordshire County Council at a packed public meeting on 22nd July.  A very constructive discussion followed. In particular, some important new details came to light: – a second road bridge at Challow would cost £1.4m more than the closure solution, for which Network Rail does not have funding sanctioned by its regulator.  To challenge this we need… Read More

Network Rail has released its formal application for closure of the A417. The NR proposal raises a number of important questions: 1. The closure is scheduled for 6th September for ‘approximately 4 months’. The lack of certainty is ominous – how confident are Network Rail that they can complete the works within the four months (which already seems excessive)? 2. The diversion plans show (as expected) that the main diversion will be… Read More

I’m no Michael Portillo, but it’s fair to say that I have a massive soft spot for trains.  The civilised, efficient service that we enjoy in most parts of the country most of the time is by far my first choice to get from A to B.   Also living in Oxfordshire, with my parents being in Wales, and my mother-in-law in Cornwall the vast majority of my rail trips are on the… Read More