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Guess the writer - 1150/3285
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 21st January 2007

Who wrote:

"Transport matters to everyone in this country. It is our challenge and our responsibility to secure a modern efficient system that gets people from home to work and back again as quickly and safely as possible. A network which allows businesses to operate competitively enables goods to be transported swiftly and reliably and allows people everywhere to make the most of their leisure time, whilst always meeting our environmental obligations."

And do you know when, and to whom?

Re: Guess the writer - 1150/3287
Written by Lee on Sunday, 21st January 2007

Douglas Alexander , Letter to the Prime Minister , July 2006 (link below.)

Re: Guess the writer - 1150/3288
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 21st January 2007

Correct - a well known paragraph to you, Lee, or a good Google that took you to that URL?

Re: Guess the writer - 1150/3289
Written by Lee on Sunday, 21st January 2007

There is very little that I cant find out if I put my mind to it , Graham.

link to index of articles

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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