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More train strikes - 1242/3547
Written by tonya on Sunday, 28th January 2007

The MTLS fare strike clearly hit a raw nerve with the govt and FGW . However I think several more pushes are needed to topple FGW from its plinth - or get it to make serious changes to it's mangement. But they may also be biding their time at the moment waiting to see if we go away.

It's my guess that the DfT  and  fgw are both feeling more vulnerable to public pressure than they have for some time. The time is ripe for other areas with big commuting populations to hold their own fare strikes. They are easy - and fun- to organise though they will take a couple of people some very careful planning. If Bath was followed by Reading, and Oxfrod, and Didcot, and Chippemnham and Swindon then we really might see a different attitude from FGW and Tom Harris. The nearere the fare striles get to London , the more pressure their will be on Westminster to sort this out.
If anyone wants help to organise their own fare strike leave a message for me on this forum.
Let's not give up now!!

Re: More train strikes - 1242/3550
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 28th January 2007

Tony, this appears to have got posted up twice.

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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