|Cllr Gareth Elliott with SWR MD, |
Andy Mellors and local
representative David Wilby
and Cllr Peter Buckwell
On Monday 10th April Cllr Gareth Elliott met with the Managing Director of South Western Railway, Andy Mellors, following a request after the publication of the proposed changes to the timetable for Whitton Station services. The meeting was also attended by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Hodgins, and the Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Peter Buckwell.
The meeting follows on from the publication of the results of the consultation and the news that Whitton would not only retain its fast connectivity into London but would also gain a faster service in the morning and evening peak taking the number of services to five (from the current four).
Cllr Elliott sought to gain clarification from South Western Railway on the results of the consultation and to ensure that the Train Operating Company is kept up to speed with the ongoing progress and improvements in and around Whitton that would necessitate the continued demand for the fast services into and out of London.
Cllr Gareth Elliott said of the meeting:
"I am very happy that following the strong lobby from the Whitton community, local Councillors and the Council itself South Western Railway has agreed to reinstitute the fast services into and out of London. I was encouraged that the Managing Director, Andy Mellors, was in agreement with myself and the Council and look forward to ensuring the Whitton continues to maintain the connectivity that is so crucial to this commuter town."