|Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3401
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 24th January 2007
Mp Steve Webb was expected to launch a stinging attack on First Great Western in Parliament today (link below.)
The Liberal Democrat MP for Northavon was expected to call on the train operator and the Government to stop blaming each other for the failures and take action to sort out the crisis.
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3406
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 24th January 2007
Lets hope other MP's in South West join him.
I have e-mail to say well done & thanks for this. :)
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3410
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 24th January 2007
I have just written to Salisbury MP Robert Key to support Steve Webb in Parliament. I hope he does.
In the meantime I hope the issue of the dreadful service on FGW (I travel mainly Salisbury to Southampton) stays in the media. I will certainly do my best to ensure it is a live issue in Salisbury.
In fact if anyone who uses Salisbury is reading this and wants to join with me, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3474
Written by sennencoveuk on Thursday, 25th January 2007
Yesterday - Westminster Hall...
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3478
Written by Lee on Thursday, 25th January 2007
It looks to me that Tom Harris is laying the blame squarely with First Great Western and went so far as to demand an apology from Moir Lockhead.
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3481
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 25th January 2007
I did find it a little amusing that the MP for North Cornwall, LD Dan Rogerson was more conerned with raising the lack of refreshment provided on the trains when FGW can, at the drop of a hat, suspend services on branch lines to feed train stock to other areas of the network.
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3587
Written by sennencoveuk on Tuesday, 30th January 2007
A prettier version of last week's Westminster Hall debate is now available here:
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3606
Written by AFCChris on Tuesday, 30th January 2007
Love this bit from Ed Vaisey's turn in the Westminster Hall thing
"I also present apologies on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, East (Mr. Wilson), who had hoped to speak in the debate but is currently stuck on a First Great Western train between Reading and Paddington"
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3637
Written by Lee on Thursday, 1st February 2007
Here is the Christian Wolmar article that caused much furore (link below.)
Re: Steve Webb MP In Call For Action On Trains - 1191/3784
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 6th February 2007
Here is a further article on this (link below.)
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.
-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021
Letter to DfT
Save the train
About this site