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Fare Strike - my view - 1138/3260
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 20th January 2007

I have been asked for my view (for what it's worth) on the planned Fare Strike next Monday, and I have just read the following article:


I would personally feel extreme disquiet in taking part in any illegal activity, or if any such activity was to be encouraged or endorsed by a campaign or on a web site for which I was / am wholly or partly responsible. And neither would I endorse any such activity myself.

Whilst some of the comments made in the article I have linked to above could imply that the it's known that some aspects of the fare strike are illegal, I am no lawyer nor am I well informed on the specific case. Therefore I can make no comment and would suggest that anyone considering joining the action takes advise ahead of time.

Re: Fare Strike - my view - 1138/3262
Written by Graz on Saturday, 20th January 2007

I'd feel fairly awkward handing over a fake ticket and refusing to pay for a real one, as well. And it's also punishing the fare conductors, when it's not really their fault at all. But on a positive note, this has generated a lot of interest in the terrible situation around FGW's network.

What I think would be a better idea is to instead get everyone from More Train, Less Strain to sign your Parliament petition, Graham :)

Re: Fare Strike - my view - 1138/3265
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 20th January 2007

We don't know whether or not the campaign leaders have any last minute surprises that they'll spring on Monday morning - I'm not going to post on 'open forum' what I'm wondering ;) but I can / will answer p.m.s and emails

There are ways of maximising the publicity and notice that's being generated, and yet not taking the confrontation to a clash with the police and the train operating company's staff.

Re: Fare Strike - my view - 1138/3272
Written by Ruthg on Saturday, 20th January 2007

Someone from FGW tells me there has been an email this morning informing staff that ticket barriers will be down on Monday...

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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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