Friends of Crewkerne Station are keeping up to date with the platform planters and proposed changes to the main line’s Waterloo to Exeter St Davids train services, now available to view www.southwesternrailway.com/timetableconsultation until December 22nd, 2017. FOCS recent platform tasks have seen the volunteers continuing their care of the station by planting out bulbs and wallflowers in both platform planters.
Passengers will have noticed the recent activity in the old coal yard, where the ground is being cleared for a housing development. Friends of the station are pleased to report that they have still been able to access the platform to care for the plants. In addition to their gardening jobs, the volunteers check on the station signs, help passengers to access information and help to provide facilities to make travelling more enjoyable by liaising with South Western Railway and Network Rail.
South Western Railway took over the franchise from South West Trains in the Summer. The company has recently published a timetable consultation for the December 2018 services, in which they propose to run an extra weekday morning commuter train from Yeovil Junction at 7.18 am to Exeter St Davids, with no scheduled stop at Crewkerne. Other proposed changes to the existing timetable include many main line train services not stopping at Clapham Junction. The Friends of Crewkerne Station want people to make their views known on these proposed changes to South Western Railway.
The Friends will be discussing the proposals at their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 8th at 7.30 pm in Crewkerne Town Hall. Friends secretary Gail Coleshill said: “Our meetings are open to all and we would love to see more people at the AGM. The Friends send out regular newsletters to their members and our articles appear in the local press, to keep residents informed about railway activities. There are plenty opportunities to join in with our other activities, as we meet at Crewkerne station every Thursday morning at 10.30 am.”