I joined the CRIL group right at the very beginning when we had very little interest; how quickly this altered! My role is administrator and minute taker.
I am a non-driver so better local access to public transport is always an important consideration to me. Having lived along the line for some years, I have always had an interest in re-opening the ‘Ivanhoe line’, as my preferred public transport is rail travel. I believe my interest is from an early age – as a treat when I was a child in the 1960’s I was
taken to look at the trains!
A lot of what I do is the more mundane back ground work to ensure we stay compliant, keeping the records straight and accompanying our technical team to meetings to minute take. I am a small cog writhing this fast moving organisation. As we travel along our track I will update you with points of interest, things are definitely moving at a fast pace, now we have been appointed a successful bid with DfT!
The CRIL display has received a much needed revamp and is now ready to roll. The process during the Covid-19 lockdown has at times been frustrating, however, our thanks go to Jake at Design4innovation for his perseverance and for doing such a splendid job.We hope that it will see some action before the year is out.
We are delighted to announce that we have been one of ten campaigns selected from a field of sixty entrants to receive central Government support for the “Restoring your Railways” fund.
In a letter copied to our Chair, Geoff Bushell, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport confirmed that a panel including the Minister for Regional Growth and the Chair of Network Rail had agreed our submission was worthy of funding and additional work.
We will be “agreeing potential research remits and joint governance and timescales”, which in everyday language means that there is still a long way to go. However the selection of our bid makes it clear that we have a credible case which warrants both greater support and scrutiny than ever before.
We would like to thank all members of the team for their incredible hard work in putting together the twenty-page bid with so much care and attention to detail. It is just so exciting to see all the effort pay off.
We’ll be keeping everyone updated in the months ahead, and if you want to get priority information, please consider becoming a member of our group and supporting us financially for the day to day running costs we incur.
The following actions have been taken by Network Rail concerning the Leicester to Burton line:
The traffic crossings (TC’s) at Coalville, Bardon and Desford are being completely renewed. The notable omission from this work is the crossing at Swannington. The TC’s at Coalville and Bardon are manually controlled and the TC at Desford is controlled by the East Midlands Signal centre at Derby.
The line from Mantle Lane through to Burton has been temporarily mothballed. This is a Covid-19 contingency due to a reduction in freight working over that portion of the line. We hope normal service resumes in the not too distant future. Recent activity to re-ballast track was noted at Castle Gresley, it is apparent that Network Rail is using the mothball period to catch up with routine maintenance.
Due to the Coronavirus the scheduled meeting at the Secular Hall in Leicester on 23rd April will be deferred until the crisis has passed. An alternative date will be advised in due course. We still look forward to meeting the Leicester public but at a time when we can all be safe.
Our next open public meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd April in the Gimson Room at the Secular Hall, Humberstone Gate, Leicester. The times are 19:00-21:00 hrs.This is our first meeting in Leicester and is long overdue and we look forward to discussing our plans with the good folk of Leicester and entering lively debate. This is part of our plan to attend events and hold meetings along the length of the line, we are open to suggestions, if any member can recommend a suitable venue or event please pass the details to “email@example.com“. We look forward to seeing you all there.