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    The train will be calling at…

    by Rumbold on 6th January, 2010 at 12:34 PM    

    Villagers in the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon had longed complained about the area not having a train station, especially as people from the area needed to commute into Delhi. After petitioning for years, they decided to raise two million rupees (about £27,000) in order to build two platforms. The work was completed in seven months, under the supervision of railway staff:

    The Tajnagar station is situated between the Patli and Jataula Jauri stations - 3.5km (two miles) from each station. The road distance between Patli and Tajnagar is 12km (seven miles) and villagers say the new station will reduce their travel time drastically.

    “There are a large number of people in the village who need to go to Gurgaon, Delhi and Rewari. There are students who go to college. Until now we had to go to Hailimandi or Patli to catch a train,” The Times of India newspaper quoted a villager, Hukum Chand, as saying.

    Just imagine someone trying to do that in this country.

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    1. Anthony Zacharzewski — on 6th January, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

      There is the case of Workington North, erected in a week after the floods. Sad exception to the normal rule.

    2. Lucio Buffone — on 6th January, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

      Check out Polesworth Station in Warwickshire, they have 2 platforms but no footbridge, so no southbound trains can stop there.

    3. douglas clark — on 6th January, 2010 at 6:25 PM  


      Not quite as simple as building a couple of platforms but there have been a few proposals from heritage railways - read steam train buffs - to actually meet a community need as well.

      This is one example:



      I don’t suppose it counts as a legitimate passenger service, but once upon a time, I travelled on the Ffestiniog from Porthmadoc and at least one of the passengers, who engaged me in conversation, had been drinking in Porthmadoc and was getting the last train back to somewhere along the line. Probably just as well. The locals could buy a season ticket, I believe, and use the line as transport.

      In a few years you will be able to journey from Caernarfon to Porthmadog too, and who knows what that will do for the pub landlords on the edge of the Irish sea….

    4. Refresh — on 6th January, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

      I have sat in a meeting discussing the funding, from local authority coffers, improvement to a railway station so the rail operators could be persuaded to offer a more frequent services.

      So you could say local communities are, from time to time, required or persuaded to ’subsidise’ businesses.

      And businesses know this.

      If and when Royal Mail is privatised, I would expect many more stories of local communities clubbing together (after having begged) to pay for local services including sponsoring postmen to include particular rounds.

    5. Rumbold — on 6th January, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

      That’s all very interesting. I never realised there was so much at the grassroots level in this country. There’s hope for us yet.

    6. KB Player — on 6th January, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

      Spokes, a cycle pressure group in Edinburgh have not only lobbied the council/government re cycling transport policy, they’ve gone out with shovels and gravel and built cycle paths themselves.

      There are guerilla gardeners as well who turn bits of waste ground into gardens.

    7. douglas clark — on 7th January, 2010 at 3:42 AM  


      The rebuilding of the West Highland Railway (in Wales, in case you think I’m being more partizan than usual) has cost the National Lottery a lot of money:


      I don’t think that is the total, btw.


      Just for another dimension on low level political disagreements, us railway enthusiasts completely hate Sustrans.

      Not that KB Player isn’t an altogether nice chap….

    8. A Councillor Writes — on 7th January, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

      What has been interesting is the post-privatization cost increase of a “basic” station. Some of this has, of course, been to make stations easily usable by disabled people (unlike so many of our current stations), but much more has gone on just plain increased costs and required consultancy. I believe that last time I looked, the costs had gone up eight-fold since 1995.

    9. Rumbold — on 7th January, 2010 at 11:37 AM  


      That is a lot of money. We need to bring those Indian villagers in.

      A Councillor Writes:

      Good point. I hadn’t really thought about the cost of (rightly) making stations more accessible.

    10. KB Player — on 8th January, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

      Douglas - we cyclists love sustrans.

      Query - Why do railway enthusiasts hate sustrans?

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