The Anonymous Widower

From Coventry To Nuneaton

The Coventry To Nuneaton Line is in the process of being upgraded, as this paragraph from Wikipedia details.

The line runs near to the Ricoh Arena football stadium on the northern edge of Coventry. Funding for two new stations, Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park, was approved in December 2011. New plans will also see the number of carriages increased from 1 to 3 and the service upgraded to half hourly, a new platform built at Coventry station and also future extensions of the line to Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

After coffee with an old friend in Coventry, I decided to hop to Nuneaton using this line , from where I could get a train back to London.

The pictures show the character of the route and some of the building work at the new Coventry Arena station. I caught a glimpse of work at Bermuda Park station, but was unable to get a picture.

There is a third station being built in the area and that is Kenilworth station on the related Coventry to Leamington Line.

I think that the ambitious team that run Chiltern Railways will be looking to at least get a feeder service running from Nuneaton to Leamington, via Coventry and Kenilworth.

If HS2 goes ahead and Euston station is rebuilt, this could be an invaluable route to take pressure off the West Coast Main Line

March 24, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Threading The Midland Metro Through Birmingham City Centre

I’ve been wanting to take this set of pictures for some time.

So on my way to Coventry, I took the train to Birmingham Snow Hill station and then followed the Midland Metro construction back to Birmingham New Street station.

According to Wikipedia, the Line One Extension of the Midland Metro, should connect Snow Hill and New Street stations in 2015. This may still happen, but to my untrained eye, there seems to be a lot of work to be done.

But when completed, it will be an invaluable asset to the City of Birmingham.

March 24, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Good Progress At The Bicester Chord

I went past the Bicester Chord today on my way to Birmingham and Coventry and some progress has seemed to have been made since I last did this in November last year.

The start of services is supposed to be in September 2015, when Chiltern Trains will reach Oxford Parkway station.

For more about this chord and the stations being built in the area; Bicester Town, Islip and Oxford Parkway, there is a lot of information at the Oxford to Bicester Collaboration web site.

Every project and especially major ones, should have a web site as good as this one.

March 24, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Graham Miller Doesn’t Exist Any More

Yesterday, I got a letter from the Inland Revenue and it used the name I have on my passport, which I’ve used since I met my late wife in 1967.

As Hackney Council have also finally got round to changing my name on the Electoral Roll, the only place that Graham Miller exists now is with junk mailers and cold callers, who bought it off a list from an old Electoral Roll.

So I can now bin all mail addressed to Graham and be rude or humorous to cold callers who ask for Graham, in addition to those who ask to speak to Mrs. Miller.

Incidentally, it should be a criminal offence to ask for someone who has died in a cold call.

March 24, 2015 Posted by | World | | 2 Comments

Has Cameron’s Honesty Settled The Election?

For a few years now, I’ve believed that whoever wins the election in a few weeks, will have a good chance of winning again in 2020. In Is George Osborne A Closet Trainspotter, I detailed all of the big rail projects finishing in the later years of this decade and said this.

Whoever wins the election in 2015, will be the biggest beneficiary of all this planned spending, as many projects like Crossrail, Thameslink and the Great Western Main Line, will be fully implemented just before the 2020 General election.

Cameron’s obvious desire to step down at the end of a second term, if he wins the election and lead a normal life, will give his successor a good hand for the 2020 Election.

His honesty has certainly put him in a totally different box to all of his rivals.

It may not win the Tories the election, but his decision probably will help many voters make up their minds.

Perhaps he also remembers that the last Prime Minister with a reasonable popularity level and a very supportive family, forced to call an election, won the resulting contest!

March 24, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment