Saturday, 26 March 2011

Ghost trains in Oakham !

Many readers will, no doubt, be aware of the bridge works currently being undertaken by NetworkRail on the East-West railway route through the county. Indeed, the article on 29 December about the B582 was commented on in this blog ( see: "How near is nearby". 3/1/2011).

However, with its usual abandon the Mercury's report on the problems at Oakham level crossing, on 23 March, contained a quote from businessman and Rutland county councillor Peter Jones about the volume of rail traffic. "It has got worse in the past year with them sending more freight from Felixstowe to Nuneaton..." 

Two days later an article about traffic disruption due to a bridge being demolished in Saffron Road, Wigston stated that the a new bridge will be built in its place "which will allow larger freight trains to use the line"

Clearly, work is still taking place to enable trains carrying 9'6" containers to travel from the port at Felixstowe so just what are the trains are that councillor Jones has been seeing through his NIMBY coloured glasses? 


Do the staff at the newspaper ever do any research?

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