ONGAR: Petition to reinstate central line tops 1,000 people

Ongar station

Ongar station

First published in Epping Forest by

CAMPAIGNERS striving to reinstate the central line to Ongar are eagerly awaiting a Government response after more than 1,000 people signed an online petition.

Back in June, when the Guardian first reported on the number 10 website petition it had around 12 people asking for the reinstation of the Epping-Ongar line.

With the petition now formally completed 1,008 people have now signed to call for the line, which closed in 1994, to re-open.

Chairman of the Ongar Railway Preservation Society John Glover was among the first people to sign the petition.

He said: “I’ve always thought if I controlled the rails, and given the right investment there’s a future for the railway. People could come up the M11 park their cars and go to where they wanted to go.

“I think it’d be a great support for the people in this area, and we certainly deserve it.”

London underground have consistently said the line will never be financially viable and Mr Glover admitted it would be an uphill struggle to implement.

He added: “If I was in charge I’m 200 per cent sure it’d be a success, but it’s like trying to get a bank to change its mind. We have got the idea but there’s always someone who won’t let you do it, and we have to get past that.”

Ongar MP Eric Pickles has welcomed the success of the petition and also a supportive online Facebook group which currently has more than 2,100 members.

He said: “That is a strong level of support and reflects the local demand for improved public transport links from this part of Essex to central London.

“Ongar and North Weald are growing towns and are set to grow even more under Government plans for new housing over the next 20 years so it is logical that they will need a train station of some form.”

The online petition at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/ongar-tube-back/ is now closed but people can sill sign up to the Facebook group at www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34573582715&ref=ts.

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6:28pm Fri 12 Dec 08

James Vorster says...

WOW!

And how many people live in North Weald alone? Im guessing its a lot more than 1,000 people!

There is a reason why the libe closed in the first place, I think this petition helps highlight the demand or lack thereof.
WOW! And how many people live in North Weald alone? Im guessing its a lot more than 1,000 people! There is a reason why the libe closed in the first place, I think this petition helps highlight the demand or lack thereof. James Vorster
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9:42am Sat 13 Dec 08

Bert Small says...

Totally agree Mr Vorster. They used to call it the Ghost Train.
Totally agree Mr Vorster. They used to call it the Ghost Train. Bert Small
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10:32am Mon 15 Dec 08

Bert Small says...

They must be desperate for it to re-open judging by the amount of comments here!
They must be desperate for it to re-open judging by the amount of comments here! Bert Small
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11:33am Mon 15 Dec 08

Touchwood says...

London Undergroud states 'The line will never be financially viable'. That sounds remarkably Dr. Beechingish to me. Surely if (a big if) 1000 people were to use the line daily there would be some viability in it's return to the system?
London Undergroud states 'The line will never be financially viable'. That sounds remarkably Dr. Beechingish to me. Surely if (a big if) 1000 people were to use the line daily there would be some viability in it's return to the system? Touchwood
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2:52pm Mon 15 Dec 08

Bert Small says...

It is not viable because all those cheap skates were driving to Zone 3 Stations like Leyton and Leytonstone, hogging the parking near the Stations and getting cheaper fares.

This in turn gave the Council an excuse to bring in Congestion Zones so that locals could not park outside their homes free of charge.

Then the cheap skates gave London Transport the excuse they wanted to close down the line as there was only an old man and his dog using it every day and it cost tens of thousands to run.

Now the cheap skates have to drive in to a station and have very little parking available and had they not been so tight in the first place none of this would have happened.

(the Gospel according to Bert Small 2008 AD).
It is not viable because all those cheap skates were driving to Zone 3 Stations like Leyton and Leytonstone, hogging the parking near the Stations and getting cheaper fares. This in turn gave the Council an excuse to bring in Congestion Zones so that locals could not park outside their homes free of charge. Then the cheap skates gave London Transport the excuse they wanted to close down the line as there was only an old man and his dog using it every day and it cost tens of thousands to run. Now the cheap skates have to drive in to a station and have very little parking available and had they not been so tight in the first place none of this would have happened. (the Gospel according to Bert Small 2008 AD). Bert Small
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1:17pm Tue 16 Dec 08

Bert Small says...

Ha ha ha! Not one of these 1000 or anyone else have commented here.

Just goes to show, all poppycock!
Ha ha ha! Not one of these 1000 or anyone else have commented here. Just goes to show, all poppycock! Bert Small
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