OBRAG 2015 AGM was held in the Terrace Room, Islip Village Hall, on Tuesday 20th January 2015.
In attendance : 19, including the Chairman of the CR Passenger Board
1 Chairman’s report
Summarised the grand success of achieving a timetable proposal which provides a useful service at Islip. Highlighted remaining problems :
- prior to opening :
- lack of parking at both Islip and Bicester
- lack of any shelter at Bicester Town
- lack of adequate information concerning either new station
- inadequate return service from Oxford after a 5.30pm finish at work.
All these have been brought to the attention of CR.
2 Nomination/election of officers and approval of accounts
No new committee members were proposed. The current Chairman (Ian East) and Secretary (Henrietta Leyser) agreed to remain for another year. Jon Spinage and Linda O’Dell will stand down. They are thanked for their work over the years.
An attendee – Margie Salussolia – inspected the OBRAG account and approved.
3 Future representation on the CRPB
A call was made for a volunteer to act as committee member representing Islip and Bicester Town stations on the CR Passenger Board. One person is considering this position but was unable to attend the meeting due to a work commitment.
It was proposed that the interests of all travel from/to these stations should be represented, but not those via either Oxford station. However, the latter would currently remain open to any candidate.
Following a request by FGW, it was announced that the main line between Didcot and Hayes will close for engineering works at Easter, from 3rd to 12th April.
5 Open discussion
An Islip resident reported that they had been informed by someone from the Project that work has fallen ten weeks behind because of an error laying drainage.
Concern was expressed about the following :
- vibration from passing freight trains (in particular)
- the loss of foliage and habitat along the route
- the nature of the barrier alongside the path beside Islip school
- delay imposed by changing at Water Eaton, after opening of service north
- when service would resume into Oxford Central.
The chairman pointed out that all matters concerning the impact of works on Islip are the proper concern of Islip Parish Council, and that neither OBRAG nor CR could effect much regarding the last two. CR are not obliged to continue bus service once rail service resumes, nor can they justify the expense it would incur. Delays in reopening service south of Water Eaton are in the hands of NR and their contractors.