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UK Travel Costs Highest In Europe - 1019/2840
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 9th January 2007

Britain has higher transport costs than anywhere else in Europe , research commissioned for the BBC has revealed (link below.)

The study found people in the UK spend 15% of disposable income on transport and double the amount on fares spent by those in other European countries.

Doug McWilliams , of the Centre for Economics and Research , which carried out the study for BBC Radio 4's Today programme , said: "The main thing we have discovered is that we in the UK pay more for our transport than anyone else does in Europe."

Interesting quotes :

"The government had a good record on investing in transport but had not focused the spending correctly, Mr McWilliams said."

"As an example he said buses had been heavily subsidised but had seen a reduction in productivity."

"We are not going to solve the transport problem overnight," Mr McWilliams said."

"However, I think we can criticise all government's but particularly the present one for a lack of focus."

Re: UK Travel Costs Highest In Europe - 1019/2856
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 10th January 2007

And I was quoted yesterday that Swindon to London is now (mile for mile) the most expensive rail journey in the UK - the costlyess of the costly, with what is - as I understand it - the oldest fleet in the country.  I hear "nothing better since" stated, and maybe.  But shouldn't be we seeing the benefits of a long life fleet in terms of REDUCED capital costs by now?

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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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