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5th March - meeting to instigate community support - 1444/3970
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 18th February 2007
19:30, Well House Manor, 48 Spa Road, Melksham.
Incredibly, I think we have a chance of getting an appropriate service from December ... but it will need community support to achieve and maintain.
Re: 5th March - meeting to instigate community support - 1444/4144
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 2nd March 2007
PLEASE come along if you can ... will be an interesting and important meeting. More information coming to hand as I write (today, tomorrow) tells me that we've now got a pretty good shot at a reasonable service
Re: 5th March - meeting to instigate community support - 1444/4159
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 4th March 2007
Further reminder ... looks like we'll have about 50 people along. And looks like the chances have risen from 5% to 45% of getting an appropriate service ...
Re: 5th March - meeting to instigate community support - 1444/4177
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 6th March 2007
Big "THANK YOU" to all who came.
Follow up report / action plan to follow - writing it up today!
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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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