Dear Sir, We would like to bring your attention to the appalling situation at Pilning railway station on the South Wales Main Line. As you are probably aware, Pilning was a major transport hub for bringing farm produce from the South West to London, and for providing transport links to and from Wales via the Severn tunnel. However, the prosperity of Pilning station suffered a setback with the opening of the Severn Bridge. Years of neglect and decay followed: in 1987 the station’s lighting was dismantled and not replaced, meaning that from then on only services operating during daylight hours could stop at the station. In 2006, with the introduction of the new franchise, Pilning’s service was cut to “one a day in each direction”. In 1990 a local resident Jonathan King started a campaign to bring the service back to the station. His campaign was picked up by other…
Our count says that in the period between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 we reached 88.4% of the target. An excellent effort from all Pilning passengers – it put us firmly in the green (don’t forget that only 90% of the scheduled train actually stopped at Pilning in the same period of time)!
Tolls on the two Severn bridges that link England and Wales have been scrapped. There are no charges for cars and lorries driven between the south-west of England and Monmouthshire. More information from The Guardian.
The contract with Wavegarden has been signed, and work starts on site. Congratulations to Nick and The Wave team! A functioning railway station at Pilning could potentially bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the new surfing lake that it due to open, just a mile away from the station, in 2019. More information:https://www.thewave.com/blog/
Pilning station has no power supply, therefore installing platform lighting would be a costly exercise (or at least that’s what the authorities claim). Can we have off-grid lighting? This is what other stations get… Chappel and Wakes Colne station install solar lighting. Read the full story at http://piln.in/CWC