NETWORK Rail, the organisation which owns the
railway tracks in the U.K., came under fire from a Nantwich Town Councillor
minutes after a ceremony which marked a community project's efforts to
give Nantwich railway station an attractive face.
As Nantwich in Bloom members and others
were chatting after the Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr Edith Williams) had unveiled a
plaque marking the award, Town Councillor John Lewis (pictured above), a member
of Nantwich Transport
exclusively to "A Dabber's Nantwich".
He bemoaned the state of the station forecourt - a
piece of land on the other side of the station wall which the Town Council would
like to fund as a car park.
He said: "The sad thing is the station
forecourt is looking so poor, and that’s the responsibility of Network Rail.
"The evidence where we are standing
now is that there are 30 cars using it as a car park. This could be a formal car
park which would help everybody.
“The 30 cars there totally
disproves what Network Rail says about access.”
“The Town Council has put aside money
to tarmac it but we can get no response from Network
Rail who seem to endlessly create problems about access.
“It has now been nearly three years
of trying to negotiate with Network Rail to get this changed to a car park. They
seem to be totally negative about progressing the issue. Very strange.
“This is the main gateway to the town, and it is
such a mess. We have made the station nice but as soon as you step round the
corner you are into rubble and a real mess.
“Arriva Trains were really supportive in the
station when we redesigned the layout and the flowerbeds. Network Rail are
totally the opposite.”
were invited to comment on Cllr Lewis's remarks. They didn't reply.
The station award