Rother Valley Railway wants to join its section at Robertsbridge with the existing Tenterden-Bodiam railway.
What not everyone is aware of – I only found out very recently – is that they are using compulsory purchase powers under the Transport and Works Act to force landowners in Salehurst to sell parts of their farms to the RVR so that the railway line can be constructed. These are known as TWAOs (Transport and Works Orders). Not surprisingly, the landowners are up in arms about this.
Brightling Parish Council has not been involved in the resulting controversy, taking the view that the direct impact on Brightling is minimal. However, I have been contacted by individuals who feel that the compulsory purchase of land against the landowner’s wishes is not justified in the case of what many people would regard as a “hobby railway”. (I have not been contacted by anyone who supports the extension or the compulsory purchase orders).
Anyone who wishes to oppose – or support – the TWAOs should be aware that the deadline for submitting comments is TODAY – 31st May 2018. Comments should be emailed to The Secretary of State for Transport’s department at firstname.lastname@example.org You must include your name and address, together with the grounds of your objection.
Full details of the objectors’ case are on the Great Robertsbridge Train Robbery website. They include more details of how to comment on the orders.
The case “for” is on the Rother Valley Railway website.