Did you spot it?
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
A Quango, The Lingo, Bingo! A Fandango (2)
There it is, a brand new bit of railway line providing a direct link between Leicester and Coventry. Midland Connect has come up with a spiffing idea to link the two cities with a brand new rail service - which will cost a modest £100 million.
To make sense of this proposal we need to step back a bit.
But things have changed. If you take the B4114 towards Coleshill, you will soon cross the railway line from Birmingham, followed very closely by the Coventry Canal. From the canal bridge, gaze to your left and a small single storey brick building is visible.
... as Leicester trains now have a shiny new flyover to get them into the remaining station. Many moons ago, fbb and Northampton Alan used to classify the grottiness of BR stations in units of "Nuneatons" based on their experience of interchange between Abbey Street and Trent Valley.
The Coventry line enjoys an hourly local service.
fbb thinks not. Look at the old map of the Coventry, Leicester and Rugby end of the junction.
Obviously the estate's developers are eyeing the chance of developing into that undergrowth-covered triangle.
But there might be a little snag with the Quango's fandango! Unusually the MP has spotted it!
fbb thinks they mean that the trains must stop at Nuneaton - the upgrade can go all the way!
Of course, all the joyousness of speeded up running times will be somewhat mitigated by a trundle into the station, a wait while the driver changes ends and a longer wait whilst several Pendolinos storm through with absolute priority over the backwater bumble between the home of the Sky Blues and the Foxes.
Will it ever happen?
Midlands Connect is a splendid talking shop but, as is so often the case with such campaign groups, they have no money!
So the cunning plan (either via Nuneaton or avoiding Nuneaton) joins the many other cunning plans awaiting the disbursement of funds by H M Treasury.
Will it ever happen? Guess!
fbb was enjoying a cup of coffee whilst seated in the extensive grounds to the front of fbb mansions when along came a delivery from Potbury's in Sidmouth. Potbury's have an auction house, an undertakers and a posh shop. The company does have a link to Public Transport as their yard is a Stagecoach micro bus depot once auction business is over for the day.
Answers on a postcard to the usual address!
More Marquee Making Moments
In amongst making a large pot of tomato soup (tinned toms, onion, red pepper, potatoes for thickening, herbs and stock) fbb has continued, using the guidance of his mentors Bill Bodge and Fred Fudge, with work on the Marquee for Peterville's station caff.
It is seen here "posed" in its eventual "situ".
Next Jurassic blog plus : Wednesday 9th June