ACCUSATIONS levelled against Network Rail at Westminster of overpricing a project on the Bidston to Wrexham rail route (Daily Post, November 5) require setting in context.
Merseytravel commissioned two independent studies into the electrification of this route, both of which were undertaken in 2005, were carried out from desk-tops, and didn’t take into account a number of major elements which we have included in this latest cost estimate.
The latest study provided by Network Rail is based upon our wide experience of carrying out lots of projects across the network and has been built upon detailed on-the-ground surveys, has included the new stations proposed on this route, the lengthening of existing platforms and a myriad of other details that were missing from both previous estimates and that in our opinion would be required for such a scheme.
Equally the work carried out by Network Rail is reflective of the world wide increase since 2005 in the cost of raw materials.
Network Rail remains committed to working in partnership with all our stakeholders to promote a solution that unlocks provision of improved transport links for this area provided the necessary funding can be made available.
Simon Whitehorn, Area Manager Merseyside, Network Rail
I HAVE always had a high regard for our professional politicians – our representatives at Westminster and Cardiff – for they are able people. They should however stick to their job and help rather than openly criticise Denbighshire County Council and in particular the chief executive officer, Ian Miller.
Denbighshire and its people – from Prestatyn to Llangollen – have now lost a brilliant brain, outstanding organiser, and orator, and (more important) a humane and humble human being.
There is no substitute for ability, and it is for the people of Denbighshire to rue in the future the loss of such a county colossus.
Ian Millar is large in stature – physically, mentally and morally.
I can assure everyone who reads this that Denbighshire has lost one of the most brilliant chief executive officers that has ever led a Welsh county.
I thank Ian Miller on behalf of everyone in Denbighshire who can recognise supreme talent when they see it; there is no organisation anywhere in Wales or the whole of the UK who will not benefit by employing this great brain.
Neville Hugh-Jones, Prestatyn
MY wife had a series of very "unfortunate" surgical experience during the last 18 months, in both Abergele and Glan Clwyd hospitals, which I won’t go into here, but the after-care in the wards in both hospitals was brilliant – tender loving care "in spades".
I am talking about Sister Glenys Mutter and her team in Ward 6 in Abergele and Sister Ann Roberts and her team in Ward 3 in Glan Clwyd who had "everything" thrown at them on a daily basis and they coped, and remained friendly, sympathetic and caring, and when they could, they had a chat and a laugh with the patients.
For that, my wife and I are very grateful because it helped my wife enormously to cope during that very traumatic time
Thank you all very much. You know who we are.
F&M, full name and address supplied
SO often November 5 prompts negative reporting in the media but this year we celebrated in style here in Denbigh with a safe, fun, entertaining fireworks display for the whole community.
As deputy mayor and chairman of the town council's fireworks working group, I was particularly pleased to witness such an excellent event at Denbigh Castle, as did hundreds of others.
It followed a great deal of time and effort from several organisations and individuals in the Denbigh area, who came together to join forces for the good of the locality.
The display, in a beautiful setting with the historic fortress as a backdrop, brought back memories of years gone by when Denbigh Castle regularly hosted a bonfire and fireworks.
There are numerous people whom Denbigh Town Council want to thank, especially Alwyn & Lin of Uproar for such a professional display, health & safety officer Michael Kinsey and Stacy Birkett and her colleagues at Cadw for allowing the castle to be used as the venue.
Members of Denbigh Rotary Club, Round Table and Clwb Rygbi Dinbych gave their support and provided marshalls, not forgetting publicity specialist Susan Muse and Denbigh Business Group plus Stephen Williams of the Ambulance Service and Vi Hughes of St John's, North Wales Police, the Fire Service and Denbighshire County Council.
Special praise goes to Denbigh Town Clerk Medwyn Jones, fellow town councillors and all the other marshalls who helped make the event such a success.
Personally, I hope this will be an annual event and something which Denbigh can be proud of and look forward to on the town's events calendar.
Ian Davies, Denbigh