Blur bassist Alex James voices support for Hengistbury Head Noddy Train

Bournemouth Echo: There’s No Other Way: Alex James from Blur. There’s No Other Way: Alex James from Blur.

BLUR musician Alex James has become the latest person to voice his concerns about the Hengistbury Head Noddy train.

Alex, who grew up in Bournemouth and attended St James’ Primary School and Bournemouth School, told the Echo he had a deep affection for the current land train, known to many as the Noddy Train.

Joyce Faris, whose late husband Roger Faris set up the land train service 45 years ago, was given notice to quit by Bournemouth council earlier this month. The 88-year-old said she was devastated at being told she would have to stop running the trains after the summer season.

Alex, a father-of-five who now lives in the Cotswolds, said: “I used to love riding on the Noddy train when I was a kid and I’ve taken my own children on it – and they love it too.

“My parents still live in Hengistbury Head so this is something that is close to all our hearts. The situation really needs to be sorted out.”

An online petition to allow the current operators to continue has now attracted more than 20,000 signatures. And seven local residents have set up a campaign group called HOOT – Hands Off Our Train – to try and seek a way forward in relation to the council’s proposals for the much-loved train.

Bournemouth council did not want to respond to Alex’s comments. It intends to run its own land train service over the Site of Special Scientific Interest from October and has previously stated that it will improve the service with new traditionally-styled trains, increased capacity and shorter waiting times.

It has not yet decided whether it will continue to run trains 364 days a year, but has promised fully-trained staff with Public Service Vehicle licences, access for disabled people and lower fuel emissions.

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9:03am Sat 29 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

It has not yet decided whether it will continue to run trains 364 days a year, but has promised fully-trained staff with Public Service Vehicle licences........


What difference will drivers with PSV licences make.......pray tell?
It has not yet decided whether it will continue to run trains 364 days a year, but has promised fully-trained staff with Public Service Vehicle licences........ What difference will drivers with PSV licences make.......pray tell? BIGTONE
  • Score: 8

9:04am Sat 29 Mar 14

isthereanechoinhere says...

He's a 'Top Man' is Alex and, 'All We Want' is the Noddy train to stay.

But we all know the 'Never Clever' council will simply tell us all "There's no other way"

'This is a Low'
He's a 'Top Man' is Alex and, 'All We Want' is the Noddy train to stay. But we all know the 'Never Clever' council will simply tell us all "There's no other way" 'This is a Low' isthereanechoinhere
  • Score: 19

9:05am Sat 29 Mar 14

southbourne lover says...

Can somebody please tell me how can I find out more about HOOT?
Can somebody please tell me how can I find out more about HOOT? southbourne lover
  • Score: 6

9:20am Sat 29 Mar 14

isthereanechoinhere says...

Southbourne lover I think you are after Paultons Park.

Take the A338, then the A31 and you should be there.

IT'S A HOOT
Southbourne lover I think you are after Paultons Park. Take the A338, then the A31 and you should be there. IT'S A HOOT isthereanechoinhere
  • Score: -9

9:35am Sat 29 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Running it 365 days a year's Will go some way to stop the long Que that often builds up on a wet cold day in November.great Idea ,what Doenut came with that business plan
Running it 365 days a year's Will go some way to stop the long Que that often builds up on a wet cold day in November.great Idea ,what Doenut came with that business plan kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -5

10:27am Sat 29 Mar 14

Tig says...

I thought the council was supposed to be the 'voice of the people'?
I thought the council was supposed to be the 'voice of the people'? Tig
  • Score: 11

12:24pm Sat 29 Mar 14

humbysarah says...

southbourne lover wrote:
Can somebody please tell me how can I find out more about HOOT?
they have a face on facebook if you search for HOOT on there or you can email them at handsoffourtrain@out
look.com
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Can somebody please tell me how can I find out more about HOOT?[/p][/quote]they have a face on facebook if you search for HOOT on there or you can email them at handsoffourtrain@out look.com humbysarah
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Sat 29 Mar 14

spooki says...

Why would the Council want to operate their own train in October? I thought this town stopped functioning after tourist season ended.
Why would the Council want to operate their own train in October? I thought this town stopped functioning after tourist season ended. spooki
  • Score: 4

9:32am Sun 30 Mar 14

southbourne lover says...

humbysarah wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
Can somebody please tell me how can I find out more about HOOT?
they have a face on facebook if you search for HOOT on there or you can email them at handsoffourtrain@out

look.com
Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]humbysarah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Can somebody please tell me how can I find out more about HOOT?[/p][/quote]they have a face on facebook if you search for HOOT on there or you can email them at handsoffourtrain@out look.com[/p][/quote]Thank you. southbourne lover
  • Score: 2

9:41am Mon 31 Mar 14

GarrySibbald says...

View the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook
.com/pages/HOOT-Hand
s-off-our-Train/1526
363150923545
View the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook .com/pages/HOOT-Hand s-off-our-Train/1526 363150923545 GarrySibbald
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11:26am Mon 31 Mar 14

skydriver says...

A great pity the council and it's councillors have not responded to these comments, I blame the Beasley bully boy, time for him to be ousted NOW!
A great pity the council and it's councillors have not responded to these comments, I blame the Beasley bully boy, time for him to be ousted NOW! skydriver
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Mon 31 Mar 14

juniperberry says...

This is ridiculous, the council wants to improve the train service from end to end why can they not be allowed to determine what is the best way to deliver this?
This is ridiculous, the council wants to improve the train service from end to end why can they not be allowed to determine what is the best way to deliver this? juniperberry
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Mon 31 Mar 14

neilf2006 says...

Council knows best ?????

juniperberry says...

This is ridiculous, the council wants to improve the train service from end to end why can they not be allowed to determine what is the best way to deliver this?

"the council" gave us the imax and the surf reef, enough said maybe ?
Council knows best ????? juniperberry says... This is ridiculous, the council wants to improve the train service from end to end why can they not be allowed to determine what is the best way to deliver this? "the council" gave us the imax and the surf reef, enough said maybe ? neilf2006
  • Score: 0

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