An email arrives from Simon Latham, who is secretary of CREAM, set up to focus opposition to the frankly potty Network Rail (NR) plan to move Crewe station south to a greenfield site at Basford. CREAM’s blog site can be found here, along with contact details.
And if you check out that site, you’ll see that the group is still focused on the now urgent need to update the station on its present site. The plans have been there for some time, and money had apparently been made available, so why wait? For starters, the removal of the ageing overall roof structures in favour of new canopies – as has already been done over on Platform 12 – should be going ahead.
Personal observations suggest that NR are merely patching and mending existing roof and canopy structures. This is not good enough. A station of this size, with a user base that can only grow in the longer term, needs the work doing sooner rather than later.
At least the long stay car park is to receive some attention. The good news is that, over the Easter holidays, there will be resurfacing and “a new pedestrian walkway”, whatever that may be.
It’s a start. But we need to go further, and faster.
[Those checking out the CREAM site will see that there has even been an Early Day Motion in Parliament on the issue. And as to why this matter is still not being seriously addressed by the area’s MP, I will return]