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London-Nottingham train seats could be cut - 1182/3377
Written by Steve35 on Tuesday, 23rd January 2007

Ho Hum. DfT up to no good again? This story is about the new East Midlands franchise which is out to tender at the moment. Bids are due in on 26/2/07 with the winner announced in the Summer and the new franchise beginning on 11/11/07.

The last paragraph seems strangely familiar:
"A spokeswoman for the DfT said it only set the minimum standards for services. "It is up to operating companies to decide what level of carriages will be on a service," she said. "

Well yes, a TOC *can* decide how many carriages to put on a given service. It's just a pity she failed to mention that it's the DfT that decides the number of carriages in the *fleet*. And it's the size of the fleet that ultimately determines how many carriages can be put on each train service.

Re: London-Nottingham train seats could be cut - 1182/3378
Written by sennencoveuk on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

Steve, I think you have read this page already... but for the benefit of others,

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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