Maidenhead Civic Society, concerned about the adverse impact that the Crossrail scheme could have on the Thames Valley town, took its case to the House of Commons on Tuesday, June 27, 2006.
Following its submission of a Petition against elements of the Crossrail Bill in September, the Society appeared before the Select Committee scrutinising the Bill – in its first hearing on the western section of the Crossrail scheme.
The Society is particularly concerned that the proposal to make Maidenhead the West Terminal will adversely affect the character of the small riverside town – and the lives of every resident.
Members are also worried about the visual impact of installing overhead electrification across the length of Brunel’s famous, listed, landmark bridge which he built in 1839 to carry his Great Western Railway across the Thames.

In principle, we welcome the advent of Crossrail.  It could be a tremendous asset and potentially should bring benefit to the town, but it was felt that it hadn’t been properly thought through and, so far, Crossrail’s responses to our objections have done little to allay our fears.   As they stand, the proposals threaten the town with a raft of problems both during and after construction.  We need to convert that position to one where Maidenhead can realise positive results from the arrival of Crossrail.  That’s why we decided to go to the Select Committee.

The Society is also concerned that, as plans stand, Crossrail proposes to replace an inadequate rail service with one that is slower.   

Attending the hearing on behalf of the Society today were John McIntosh, Nigel Cockburn, Tina Sell and Bob Dulson.
Nigel Cockburn & Tina Sell at the House of Commons