Local MPs unite to campaign for better Rail Services

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Dominic Grieve, Theresa May, Boris Johnson

This week local MPs from across the Thames Valley area met to discuss the ongoing problems on the railway.


Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Dominic Grieve, Rob Wilson, Adam Afriyie and John Redwood are united in their determination to improve the current substandard service constituents face on a daily basis.

Speaking after the meeting in Westminster, Theresa May said; “Since First Great Western introduced their new timetable in December far too many local people have been forced to endure severely overcrowded trains that persistently fail to run on time. Local people deserve a fast, reliable service on both the mainline and on our branch lines. It is imperative that before the Government hands out the franchise for the next decade they recognise the vital importance of fast and semi-fast services to both Maidenhead and Twyford. The Government has ignored local people for too long; the time has come for them to listen.”

During the meeting Boris Johnson also expressed his frustration at the ongoing problems besetting the railway; “It is an absolute outrage that First Great Western and the Government have palpably failed to deliver the kind of service local people need, should rightly expect and were promised. They have presided over the deterioration of a service vital to the continued prosperity and vitality of the area and even now seem infuriatingly uninterested in the consequences of their neglect. Quality of life for local people has suffered as a direct result.”

As a result of this meeting local MPs tabled an Early Day Motion highlighting their concerns and calling on the Government to address this issue as a matter of urgency.

EDM Text:
Rail Services in the Inner Thames Valley

Recognises the vital role that good transportation links play in the economic and social life of communities in the inner Thames Valley; expresses deep concern over the current level of services provided by First Great Western in the inner Thames Valley on both the mainline and on the Maidenhead-Marlow, Twyford-Henley and Windsor-Slough branch lines; notes that the Government’s decision to give priority to long distance inter-city services has been at the expense of services in the Inner Thames Valley; understands that the vast majority of passengers require regular fast or semi-fast trains not slow stopping services; is opposed to the Government’s plans to re-designate local branch lines ‘Community Railways’; is concerned by the potential impact that Crossrail could have on mainline services; and calls on the Government to ensure that the specification for the new Greater Western Franchise takes proper account of the needs of the Inner Thames Valley.

For further information please contact Boris’s researcher, Oliver Dommett here

36 thoughts on “Local MPs unite to campaign for better Rail Services”

  1. I thought it was a caption competition:
    “Boris’s mummy and daddy were deeply shocked to find such a book under his mattress. Boris sheepishly tried to think of an explanation why one of such tender years should have an interest in Danish cheerleaders.”

  2. Not wishing to be rude Nora, , but you still haven’t blown the gaffe about your blog site, and now you want a pic from Melissa. Is this on a quid pro quo basis?
    BTW, I have to ask:- is Howth Head the name of a place, , mentioned elsewhere , as you waved at Boris , or a lisping enquiry after the health of someone who had overindulged in the poteen?

  3. i think leah is the most wonderful person in the world and i look like the woman in the middle! and i think the guy in blonde is dead sexy

  4. Leah has a tiny face and I have a hairy back. Leah puts her hairy face on my back and I scream oooooooooooh Boris!!!

  5. Hello I’m Amy and I would like to be a smelly nurse. I have small shoes because I’m a bad bad girl.

  6. Hi Amy, why do you want to be a SMELLY nurse? Nurses do great work and you should be ashamed. Never type here again. I’ll be emailing your details to Boris for immediate action.

  7. james stop it. im sorry for causing ne affence. but it is not me. sorry, and james stop it

  8. Vicious Scurra, I didn’t mean you, I meant a more mature, quick-minded person; someone who could out manoeuvre Tony Bliar and gang……yes…..MELISSA!

  9. K*e*i*t*h !!!! rofl

    **rolls on floor laughing**

    Never thought this site could be such fun

  10. I’ve laughed myself off my chair at comments on blogs, on occasion. The wit abounds.
    However, I tried arguing on Republican blogs in the US and had enough mud thrown at me to build a clay and wattle hut in Connemara.

    (Much more civilized here!)

  11. Yes, the blog has got to be the best club in Town

    ..the Republicans are obviously scared of our simple bottles of spray-on mud… we have an altogether different sense of values as far as tact and discretion are concerned… OR SO I like to think

  12. This is terrific. No less than 27 consecutive off-topic comments in the space of 24 hours! Is this a blogging record? As usual Vicus comes perilously close to being relevant but pulls back just in time. Interesting that he lives in northeast Hampshire and claims not be a member of the Conservative Party. What is the URL for the ‘Melissa Tangos’ video clip?

  13. Very astute comment Simon

    O’Malley’s Tango – one of my favourite Ruby Murray songs ~ O’Malley’s tango has got a bit of Irish in it ~ They call him Pancho Rodriguez O’Malley ~ ever since he spent a holiday in Spain – he’s not Patrick any more now, he calls himself señor and he’s got the tango in his veins …

    must be the summery weather that keeps us going off-topic from the railways

  14. Hahahahahah….

    Nora, I love you. I checked out your blog, and the first line I read was:

    “I don’t know about you, but this looks to me like a woman with one breast, two nipples and a monocle”

    I’ll be reading more, just as soon as I clean up the tea which got sprayed all over with my laughter.

  15. I highly recommend logging onto a Republican message board and winding up the rednecks with their animated gun logos.

    Like Nora I’ve experienced the most extraordinary (and badly spelled) abuse along the lines of Go Back Where you came From, Commie Scum, which I thought was a tad unfriendly of our American chums. Shoulder to shoulder and all that. Decorum.

    BTW nice site. Please feel free to visit.

  16. Perhaps if the public owned them Boris old chap, then they’d be running better. Kind of how South Eastern Trains are beating out the privately owned bunch.

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