Letters - July 16, 2015

Pacer train in Lytham station
Pacer train in Lytham station
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TRANSPORT

Our rail link needs to be modernised

I saw a tweet from the anonymous Trams to Lytham organisation regarding plans for trams to run on the South Fylde rail line.

Who are these people? Whoever they are, they hide behind the name, but never reveal the person or persons behind this so-called organisation.

It may come as a bit of a disappointment for them to hear that the railway industry isn’t too keen on these ideas, and it’s hardly surprising when you think that whichever company is operating the next Northern franchise stands to lose a great deal of revenue if three heavy rail stations disappear – Squires Gate, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool South.

Add to that the modern trams that ply their trade between Starr Gate and Fleetwood are actually more uncomfortable than the infamous Pacer, then do you really think that this rates as an improvement to local services?

Just for the record, trams don’t carry bikes and aren’t fitted with toilets, unlike the ‘obsolete’ rolling stock that runs along the South Fylde line.

Let’s start putting pressure on the DfT to get a passing loop installed at Lytham, so we can get a half-hourly service along the branch and, better still, campaign for it to be electrified.

The electrification task force has aready identified the South Fylde line needs to be energised, so let’s get on with it.If these plans go ahead, the coast will end up with a complete hotch potch of services, changing from light rail to heavy rail and vice versa, which will inevitably lead to longer, not shorter, journies by rail.

Name and address supplied

BALL GAMES

No ball game signs there for a reason

In reply to Rob Stocks and his column on “Signs the ball game ban may soon be ended”; (Gazette, July 6.) Why does Rob think these signs are put up in these areas?

I will tell you why, because these signs are to keep nuisance ‘football games’, away from residents’ houses.

In this day and age, there is no thought for people living in these areas.

Children kick balls around like they are on a football field. I hope, Rob Stocks, you are condoning them playing football around where you live?

Paul Jones

Anchorsholme Lane

Anchorsholme

HEALTH

Thank-you to caring health workers

To the two nice paramedics who came to me on June 30 after I had fallen, and the staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital A&E, I would just like to say thank you for all that you did.

Mrs A Bellinger

Grasmere Avenue,

Thornton-Cleveleys

CONCERN

Doorsteppers did not calm my fears

Over the weekend, I opened the door to two careworn ladies, who handed me two pamphlets.

One of the ladies informed me one was the Watchtower and the other is about anxiety, as everyone is anxious about something, be it immigration, family or something else.

I told them I was anxious about my 10-year-old granddaughter, who has been diagnosed with cancer and has been in hospital this week.

When I asked how the Lord could let this happen to any child, I was informed that my granddaughter “is a sinner”.

What right does she have to say this, when she does not know my granddaughter or our family?

I hope these ladies are happy to have crowned a bad week with this crass statement, and confirmed to me that I am definitely agnostic!

Judith Hayden (An anxious grandmother)

via email

TRANSPORT

Buses are a credit to Blackpool people

I think Blackpool buses are a credit to the town. Nowhere have I seen a cleaner or better organised service.

All the buses,without exception, and the trams are well cared for, and give a very good impression.

Having travelled on public transport throughout Britain, Europe and other countries I can truthfully say I have not used a better service.

The staff in the main are also an asset, being pleasant, obliging and helpful.

Take a bow Blackpool !

Name and address supplied

REUNION

A trip to see war graves in Egypt

Over the years, I have arranged many groups back to the Egyptian Canal Zone, and several of your readers have joined us on these visits back to the areas where we served in the 1950s and many of our friends and comrades are buried.

I have now stopped organising groups to the Military Zone, but I have received many new requests enquiring if it is possible to visit the war cemeteries in the Cairo area, especially Heliopolis and El-Alamein.

I have decided to arrange a group visit to Cairo so that people can visit these places as well as other places of interest.

I would also be willing to take photos, on behalf of readers, of graves of their friends and loved ones. I am sure many Gazette readers served in Egypt, or know of friends and relatives who are buried there.

The dates for this reunion group visit are Wednesday, June 1 to Friday, June 10 2016

If anyone is interested, please contact me on the address below.

Alf Avison

Middle East Land Forces Association

PO Box 99

Spalding

Lincolnshire