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Transport enthusiast Craig conducts himself brilliantly at full council meeting

Published on 04/01/18

For anyone who has addressed an audience will know that public speaking takes a great deal of courage and confidence.

And one Orchard School Bristol student showed just that when he spoke in front of a large number of South Gloucestershire councillors, and members of the public, at a recent full council meeting.

Craig Newell, Year 8, spoke passionately and eloquently about why Great Western Railway should be increasing the number of services at Pilning station on a Saturday.

The train calls at the station twice every Saturday, en route from Cardiff to Bristol Temple Meads. The station is located on the line between Severn Tunnel Junction and Patchway.

Craig, who is part of the Pilning station campaign group, says that there has been a 500% increase in users of Pilning station since 2015/16. 

The group is also calling for the reintroduction of the station’s footbridge, which was taken down last year, improved bus services to the station, and better platform lighting.

Craig, who is interested in travel and transport, became involved in campaigning for Pilning station when he came across the group handing out leaflets at the station.

Craig said: “It was the first time I had ever spoken at a public meeting. I was quite nervous, but I would definitely to do it again.”

Craig has also been taking part in the Pilning Grand Slam ... the ultimate timetable challenge where he has to travel from Pilning, and then back to Pilning, using a minimum of four different train companies.