Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds: Train station Friends group is on hold

PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 February 2013

Bury St Edmunds train station in September 2011

Bury St Edmunds train station in September 2011

A TRAIN station supporters’ group has folded for the time being due to “total non-communication” from the organisation which runs the site, it has been claimed.

The Friends of Bury Station was formed more than a year ago with the aim of improving the appearance of the station in Bury St Edmunds and also finding out more about its history.

But Alan Jary, chairman of the Bury Society, of which the friends is a sub-group, said “it didn’t happen because we just didn’t get any communication coming back from Greater Anglia”.

“We are very disappointed communication from Greater Anglia has been non-existent,” he said.

But a spokeswoman for the train operator said: “An initial meeting was held with the Friends of Bury Station Group some time ago where we provided advice on how to take forward the establishment of a station support group.

“Unfortunately, we have not recently been contacted by the group, but we will be more than happy to have a further dialogue with them to discuss their aspirations.”

She added: “We have developed a wide network of station adopters and station adopter groups across our franchise area.

“We work very closely with these adopters and adopter groups who contribute greatly to their local communities and work with us in promoting and improving train services and our local stations.”

Mr Jary said a number of people had shown interest in joining the friends group, but there had not yet been anything to offer them.

“We would have worked on the history of it and the visual side of the station. It looks very neglected,” he said.

He described the group as “in abeyance,” adding it might be resurrected if Greater Anglia showed they were on board.

David Nettleton, a councillor for the Risbygate ward, which includes the train station, said work needed to be done inside the station on the platforms.

“It’s the first impression of Bury St Edmunds people get, and a lot of people use that train station and a lot more people are using trains. I think if they invested in the inside of the station they could do quite a bit with not a lot of money.”

He added: “Greater Anglia should be taking the lead on it. They should be wanting to improve their station.”

Improvements have been made to the station in the past couple of years, including to the booking hall, due to an investment of about £160,000 by National Express East Anglia (NXEA), which was formerly the train operator.

And an old station building there would be brought back into use if plans come to fruition for a folk art centre for people with disabilities.

2 comments

  • Oh PLEASE! It's "railway station", not "train station". This is supposed to be the East ANGLIAN Daily Times, not the East ALABAMA Daily Times.

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • This news is of no surprise to at all. I applied to become a "station adopter" as did a friend of mine. Neither of the stations had Adopters appointed and we were both enthusiastic and ready to help. Neither of us heard any more for many months in spite of several reminders having been sent. The Bury station situation is another example of the laissez-faire attitude of the management at Greater Anglia. Most businesses would be happy to have free of charge help from within the community. But not Greater Anglia.

    Report this comment

    John Alborough

    Monday, February 25, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

A 333 mile journey home for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finished on Saturday when the Hike4Hopey charity walkers arrived at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Several people were stuck for reportedly more than an hour on a ride at the Cymbeline Meadow fair, Colchester.

Family of a Suffolk man who died from a brain tumour have attended a ceremony to open a Quiet Room in his memory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

A spring cleaning campaign across west Suffolk has seen volunteers litter pick and remove more than 460 bags of waste from public open spaces.

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested after their yacht ran aground on the Suffolk coast today.

Firefighters tackled a “needless” blaze at the former Manganese Bronze plant in Ipswich on Sunday night.

The fire in the top floor of the two-storey derelict building, behind houses on Hadleigh Road, was caused by trespassers.
 The fire was reported at around 5.30pm on April 30 and six crews, including an aerial appliance, were expected to battle the blaze for several hours last night.
 Station Commander Jon Southgate, of Princes Street station, said the fire was caused by someone deliberately or accidentally setting the fire.
 “There are numerous discarded needles around the site and from experience we know there will be needles inside as well,” he said. “We will not be entering the building because I want to ensure the safety of our firefighters. 
 “It is a shame that we are now going to have four crews fighting a completely needless and preventable fire.”

It may have been a forgettable season finish for Blues fans at Portman Road on Saturday – but one moment of magic should cheer even the most desolate of supporters.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24