We are living through unprecedented times and my work has been dominated by the effects of the pandemic, so it was a welcome change to attend the latest Zoom meeting today regarding progress on step-free access at Biggleswade train station. Attendees at the meeting included lead designers and sponsors from Network Rail, Richard Fuller MP, … Continue reading Biggleswade Step-Free Update 29th June
Dear Richard I am writing to you regarding the actions of Boris Johnson’s special adviser Dominic Cummings, the subsequent actions of Boris Johnson himself and the potential consequences of the actions of both. Although it will not be tested in Court it is clear to many, including those with considerable legal expertise, that Dominic Cummings … Continue reading An open letter re Johnson and Cummings
It is said that most political careers inevitably end in failure. I seem to have turned this statement on its head and started my journey with a series of defeats! I've been reminded that it is a year since the local government elections. This made me reflect what a year it had been and how … Continue reading A turbulent year
Following on from the conference call that took place between Network Rail, Richard Fuller MP, Central Beds and Biggleswade Town Councils, Govia Thameslink Railway and me on Monday, I've received the plans of what, at this time, are the two remaining options for the ramp/lifts layout at the station. During the conference call I stressed … Continue reading ‘Step-Free Access’ one step closer at Biggleswade
On Monday 6th April we held a Skype Conference Call regarding step-free access at the station. Network Rail, Richard Fuller MP, and representatives from Central Beds Council, Biggleswade Town Council and GTR were on the call. This was the follow up to the meeting on 9th March, which was a bit of a car crash … Continue reading Biggleswade Step-Free Update
Unfortunately, I have little positive to say from today's meeting to discuss progress on step-free access at Biggleswade station. Unless things change and change quickly, there is a very real possibility that Biggleswade could become another 'Luton' and face endless delays while each party waits for everyone else to act - a reminder that Luton … Continue reading Biggleswade access improvements hit the buffers
While the Prime Minister heralds the dawn of a new age of bus travel across the UK the current situation, particularly in Bedfordshire, is somewhat less bright and breezy. Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, when asked by Andrew Marr how many of the 3,000 routes cut by the 'old Tory Government' would … Continue reading Which way for buses in Bedfordshire?
With time running out to deal with the looming climate emergency, it is vital that we create an integrated, accessible and affordable transport network to encourage and incentivise a shift away from reliance on the car. A 'fit for purpose' cycling network is just one example of the infrastructure required to enable this, but like … Continue reading Why has cycling lost its way in Bedfordshire?
Listening to Nusrat Ghani during the Westminster Hall debate earlier this week discussing the lack of step-free access at Flitwick station, I was struck by how the 'tick box' mentality still remains when dealing with accessibility issues. Ms Ghani MP, who is Under Secretary of State for Transport, pointed out that six out of the … Continue reading Disabled people let down by ‘tick box’ attitude to Accessibility
My brief notes below from the Westminster Hall Debate that took place earlier this week regarding the lack of step-free access at Flitwick station: ~ Westminster Hall debates are an opportunity for MP's to raise local or national issues outside of the main chamber and receive a response from a government minister who is present … Continue reading Flitwick Step-Free Access – Westminster Hall Debate