Wolverton Works online

Recording the history of the World's longest continually operating railway Works

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Historic England are leading the objections to the St Modwen plans to demolish Wolverton Railway Works and have said that they have been given consent to appear at the High Court to launch a Judicial Review against Milton Keynes Council planning decision. Please support Historic England in any way you can.



Welcome to Wolverton Works online. Site last updated 12 April 2018. HISTORIC ENGLAND has informed me that their challenge against Milton Keynes Council in the High Court has been given legal Consent to proceed and will be heard on 23rd May. Knorr-Bremse is very nervous about photography from public areas alongside the Works. Knorr-Bremse has NO legal powers to stop you taking images from these places. It was the St Modwen shareholder AGM on 28 March. Please see below for shareholder questions asked at that meeting. Reports in the next Heritage Railway and Railway Herald.

The Full Works is the official book published to commemorate the Works' 175th anniversary in September 2013. It is still available from the author priced £6.50 including P&P from: Mr P Marsh, 14 Milton Road, Willen Village, MK15 9AD.


War Memorial fund

Working with Dave Hilliard from Wolverton Works, Phil Marsh has donated £1000 from the anniversary book to the World War One War Memorial fund. Dave has raised several thousands of pounds working tirelessly towards the project completion.


This will commemorate each of the 213 Wolverton Works men who gave their lives in this conflict. For some reason, the LNWR did not erect a War memorial to them. and we resolved to rectify this omission.


Dave Hilliard, supported by Knorr-Bremse, has raised the required amount and the memorial stone will be unveiled once Planning Consent has been obtained. But curiously Knorr-Bremse and St Modwen will not respond to questions about the project. Local MP Mark Lancaster has tried to get things moving without success.




Private photography session with Flying Scotsman at Princes Risborough North Signalbox on 31 May. Bookings via  cleekrail@btinternet.com or visit www.ukrailpix.co.uk for details


Historic England has launched the Judicial Review process against the MK Council planning decision and the case will commence on 23 May in the High Court.  


St Modwen continue to respond to media questions in a very random sporadic way but have not offered a crystal clear answer to specific questions posed about asbestos on site at Wolverton. They did say that they would not comment of the potential Judicial Review as it was a matter for Milton Keynes Council. MK Council has been asked to comment on the Judicial Review decision.


Above. What was and what is. The new shop which has been built inside the Conservation Area. Another historic view gone.


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Questions asked at the St Modwen Annual General Meeting in Longbridge (Birmingham) on 28 March by Phil Marsh

Mr Chairman, I have four questions to ask on the annual report.


1.Pages 15 and 17 discuss community engagement. Why then is St Modwen deliberately blocking the erection of a Word War 1 memorial to the 213 Wolverton Works men who gave their lives a century ago.

St Modwen has even brushed off requests from the local MP, the Minister for Armed Forces and Veterans to remedy the situation.

Is this deliberate policy to alienate the local community or pure incompetence?


2.Page 51 looks at St Modwen’s Risk Management Framework while Page 56 states the use of high quality professionals mitigates risk.


St Modwen’s strategic communications partner is G L Hearn. They authored a report for the Wolverton Works planning application entitled Employment Assumptions. This has been proven to be factually incorrect by rail industry experts and defies the laws of physics as the siding and shunting arrangements do not permit longer trains to access the Works.


Following Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests made to Milton Keynes Council, yourselves, Knorr-Bremse and G. L. Hearn, a string of internal emails ridiculing several objector’s including a family situation and domestic life have emerged.

What action does St Modwen plan to take on this lack of ethics and moral values taking the risk mitigation statement at face value?

Did St Modwen operationally approve such actions and what level of oversight is undertaken with other Parties?


3.Page 74 makes much of media briefings. The St Modwen and G. L. Hearn media offices have refused to answer media requests from FOUR different railway trade press outlets over the last year.

The Wolverton planning fiasco and upcoming Judicial Review is not mentioned on page 167 in the subsequent events section and  continues to cause ongoing media interest and associated growing reputational damage to St Modwen, not helped by the illegal demolition of a building and lack of local community consultation.

Why is the railway trade press being ignored?


4.Finally, why does slide 8 in the annual presentation show Wolverton project as offering 325 dwellings as opposed to the 375 detailed in the planning application and what is the resultant reduction in anticipated profit?


Mr Chairman, you are leading a shambolic double standards organisation.  


Is all this really acceptable to you and your shareholders?


Changing places. Creating better futures? Not in Wolverton or elsewhere.

Thank you.


The response from the Chairman and Chief Executive was a rehearsed statement which as shareholders after the meeting said to me, did not answer the questions.


The 325 dwelling number given out was admitted to be a mistake and the omission question was ignored.

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