Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

North Downs Line through the Wokingham constituency

I received this letter from Wokingham Borough Council: 28 January 2016 Dear John North Downs Line through the Wokingham constituency The Great Western Railway hosted a North Down Line at the Sofitel at Gatwick Airport on Friday 15 January 2016 which I attended to hear their Managing Director, Mark Hopwood, announce the GWR’s exciting vision […]

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Plane noise

I have talked to the Aviation Minister to remind him that we do not accept the replies of NATs and Heathrow, and wish to see the position restored to the pre 2014 one. He is having a meeting next week when he plans to raise this matter again.

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Problems on the A 329 M

Yesterday I held a meeting with the Roads Minister, Mr Andrew Jones, after the meeting about the M25, to discuss problems with the latest Highways England scheme for the M4/A329M junction. I explained that the Highways England scheme has reduced queues to get off the M4 at the price of creating big jams on the […]

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Meeting with Roads Minister over M 25

The UK government is commencing a consultation over how to deal with the lack of road capacity on the western and south western section of the M25. I attended a meeting with the Roads Minister, Andrew Jones, and his officials in the Commons to discuss the issues and hear the plans for the consultation. They […]

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Government response to my question on providing more train seats on the Great Western.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on seating capacity of the Great Western Main Line electrification project. (21827) Tabled on: 11 January 2016 Answer: Claire Perry: The electrification programme will help dramatically increase seating capacity on the Great Western Main Line, with the […]

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More noise protection on the M4

It is good news that the government is now considering more noise barriers along the M4 adjacent to Earley, Emmbrook, Sindlesham and Winnersh. This follows an extensive campaign by myself, by Wokingham Borough, and by Councillor Norman Jorgensen. It has also had cross party support from the Liberal democrats. Our most recent interventions were Councillor […]

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Reply from the Minister on aircraft noise

I previously wrote to Robert Goodwill MP, the Aviation Minister about aircraft noise. I have now received the enclosed response from him: Rt Hon John Redwood MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 8 January 2016 Dear John Thank you for your letter of 9 December which followed our recent meeting of 23 November – […]

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Financial settlement for Wokingham and West Berkshire

Yesterday I met the Secretary of State for Communities and local government. I put to him the need for a better financial settlement. I reminded him that West Berkshire and Wokingham won a judicial review over the issue of care costs, and is still awaiting the extra money they are due for this purpose. The […]

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The Government’s statement on doctors’ contracts

I have received this letter from Jeremy Hunt about doctors’ contracts: On Monday evening, the British Medical Association walked out of talks with the Government and announced that junior doctors would be taking industrial action which will last for four days – • Withdrawing elective cover for 24 hours next Tuesday; • Escalating the same […]

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Letter from Highways England

I have received a letter from Highways England in response to my recent enquiries about noise barriers on the M4: 29 December 2015 Dear Mr Redwood Thank you for your letter addressed to Jim O’Sullivan (Chief Executive of Highways England) of 25 November 2015 regarding the M4 junction J3-J12 smart motorway project. As this issue […]

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