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Proposal To Double - Track Cotwolds Line - 1007/2806
Written by Lee on Monday, 8th January 2007

Plans to turn single track rail lines into double tracks on the Cotswolds Line are being considered (link below.)

Network Rail said plans were at the "very early stages".

The company said it is mostly a single-track route between Worcester and Oxford and it is assessing the cost and implications of improving the line.

A spokesman added that any work would probably not start before 2009.

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has appealed to passengers to put pressure on the company "to redouble as much of the line as possible".

Re: Proposal To Double - Track Cotwolds Line - 1007/2818
Written by Lee on Monday, 8th January 2007

However , punctuality and reliability of the train service between Oxford , Worcester and Hereford appears to have plummeted to new low levels since the introduction of the new weekday timetable on 11th December 2006 (link below.)

Users are invited to send details of their journeys , good or bad, to so that more statistics can be gathered. They need details of the date , the train involved and the actual time at particular stations , with the reason for delays or cancellations , if known. In the event of train cancellations , information concerning alternative arrangements made for passengers would be appreciated.

Re: Proposal To Double - Track Cotwolds Line - 1007/2837
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 9th January 2007

Here is a link to the Cotswold Line Promotion Group website.

Re: Proposal To Double - Track Cotwolds Line - 1007/4086
Written by Lee on Monday, 26th February 2007

The feasibility study will cost

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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