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New Look DfT Website - 1228/3519
Written by Lee on Friday, 26th January 2007

See link below.

A long job ahead , seeing as none of the archive links seem to work.....

Re: New Look DfT Website - 1228/3542
Written by Lee on Sunday, 28th January 2007

Some links for you :

Freedom Of Information section.

Greater Western Franchise FOI incuding Jacobs Reports.

Central Railway FOI.

Chiltern Railway FOI.

Railways section.

Rail Freight section.

Regional & Local Transport section.

Re: New Look DfT Website - 1228/3563
Written by Lee on Monday, 29th January 2007

The DfT have posted a statement of their aims & objectives (link below.)

Re: New Look DfT Website - 1228/5561
Written by Mojo on Wednesday, 6th June 2007

The DfT Chiltern Railways document - some of the text has been blacked out, but if you 'Select All' and Copy/paste it into Microsoft Word or other, you can read the text that has been blacked out.

Re: New Look DfT Website - 1228/5567
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th June 2007

Thanks Mojo. However , I checked this out myself , and imagine my surprise when I found that the Swindon - Westbury , Chiltern & Central Railway links were broken! I have made the necessary edit to include the up to date links.

By the way , a big "hello" to anyone from a certain part of London who may be visiting the site this afternoon......

Re: New Look DfT Website - 1228/5571
Written by Mojo on Wednesday, 6th June 2007

The document reads (removed text in document is in red)

[LEFT][FONT=Arial]Dear xxxx[/FONT][/LEFT]

[LEFT][B][FONT=Arial]Request Made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the "Act")

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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