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Cotswold MP expresses utter dismay at ORR's decision for the Kemble line

Cotswold MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, has expressed utter dismay at the decision by the Office of Rail Regulator (ORR) to exclude the doubling of the Kemble to Swindon railway line scheme for at least another seven years.

Cotswold disappointment as rail improvements hit the buffers

The decision not to install a double rail track between Swindon and Kemble is a bitter blow to the Cotswolds, District Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said today.

The Government-run Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) has announced that the upgrade will not be included in Network Rail's business plan for 2009-14.

All aboard for the GWR’S Autumn Diesel Gala in the Cotswolds

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2008 - Toddington Railway Station, Gloucestershire
Visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October and it’s the diesel locomotive that will be the star of the show.  What’s more, visitors to the Autumn Diesel Gala at Toddington can try their hand at driving one of these fantastic machines!

Paddington Bear celebrates his 50th birthday at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 27th September and Sunday 28th September 2008 - Toddington Railway Station
Paddington Bear, one of the most iconic characters from children’s literature, celebrates his fiftieth birthday this year.  This is something he won’t be keeping under his hat! So, to mark the occasion, he will be returning to his railway roots with a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at Toddington in the Cotswolds.

Maggie’s Express - and All That Jazz at the GWR

Saturday 26th July 6.30 pm, Toddington Railway Station, Gloucestershire
Toddington based heritage railway, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, is laying on a special steam train with a jazz band send off in aid of the cancer charity, Maggie’s Cotswolds. The excursion leaves Toddington at 6.30pm on Saturday 26th July and travels to Cheltenham Race Course, via Winchcombe, before making a leisurely return journey.

Combined Diesel Gala and Bus Rally at the GWR

Friday 4th July - Sunday 6th July at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, with a Spitfire fighter flying in low on Saturday evening. 

Cotswold MP sees window of opportunity for rail redoubling

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown yesterday called an adjournment debate on the subject of the redoubling of the section of single track railway running from Swindon to Kemble. The MP called for the debate after the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) announced on the 5th June that they would not provide funding for this scheme in the period 2009-2014, subject to a consultation period which closes on the 4th September 2008.

Cotswold MP responds to mixed report from the ORR

The Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) yesterday published their Periodic Review for 2008 and the results are a mixed bag for the residents of the Cotswolds.
The good news is that the ORR is in support of the scheme to re-double the Cotswold railway line. Unfortunately the plan to re-double the Swindon to Kemble line has not been included.

The GWR's Cotswold Festival of Steam is only a week away

Saturday 24th May - Sunday 1st June - Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway "The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds" at Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham Racecourse Stations.

The 2008 Cotswold Festival of Steam marks four important milestones - 40 years since the end of steam on British Railways - 40 years since David Shepherd took delivery of "Black Prince" - 60 years since the nationalisation of Britain's Railways - 100 years since the first through expresses ran over the Stratford-Cheltenham line between the Midlands and the West Country.

Double Delight for Cotswold MP on Gloucestershire's Railways

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Peter Luff MP for Mid Worcestershire met with senior representatives from Network Rail on Wednesday to discuss the re-doubling of both the Cotswold and Swindon to Kemble railway lines.

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