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SLUG members and Stourbridge line commuters have contacted SLUG expressing concern about discovering that their car windscreens had been leafleted while parked at Cradley Heath and Stourbridge Junction stations last Friday; with many of the leaflets having extricated themselves from the cars and littering the car park.
The Stourbridge Line User Group would like to make it clear that these leaflets were in no ways connected with the Group but were distributed, almost certainly without the permission of Transport for West Midlands who manage these car parks or London Midland who operate the stations, by a Green Party activist from Halesowen named Tim Weller.
The Stourbridge Line User Group shares Mr Weller's view that the railway lines from Round Oak to Pleck Junction (south of Walsall) and from Ryecroft Junction (north of Walsall) to Lichfield should be reinstated with the entire route from Stourbridge Junction to Burton-on-Trent upgraded to allow passenger services. However, the Group strongly disagrees with Mr Weller in a number of areas.
12 april 2017
There is one final, very important, reason why SLUG gives Mr Weller a wide berth. He is intransigent - his opinion is right, everybody else is wrong. Therefore, he bases his campaign on insults and antagonism. He once hijacked a SLUG Public Meeting and hurled insults at our guests. He did the same at a Stakeholders Consultation on the new West Midlands Rail Franchise, even though reinstated lines were not on the agenda. At the end of that meeting, he insisted that the SLUG officer at the consultation sign a letter he had written to the Secretary of State for Transport - a letter that contained personal insults and was borderline libellous. When the SLUG officer refused to sign on the grounds that he found the tone of the letter disgusting, he lambasted SLUG and the SLUG officer was forced to tell him to go away (4,3). He has also bombarded two area Rail Campaign groups - Railfuture and Campaign for Rail - with insulting correspondence which has resulted in one of the groups informing him that they will not open any correspondence they receive from him in future, and an officer of the other threatening legal action.
SLUG will continue to campaign for the reopening of the line through Dudley. We will do this by talking amicably and liaising with all other parties. We will not target passengers' cars with flyers. We will not insult railway professionals. We will behave professionally in all of our discussions. We will retain the respect of local authorities and train operating companies. We will not behave as Tim Weller does.