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Chasing The Dream - The Severn Beach Example - 1550/4175
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 6th March 2007

Have a look at the link below.

'We're absolutely delighted by the decision. It shows the Council wants to use the local rail network to cut congestion - and it sends a message to central government that Bristol is serious about investing in public transport. We're looking forward to working with the Council and with First to make sure the trial period is a success.'

"This money is expected to pay for one extra train. The improvement has been described by the Council as a "three year trial" of a more frequent service."

"It is critical that local authorities and their council tax payers are not seen as a soft touch who will provide a blank cheque to private companies such as rail and bus companies. We are not here to put money into the pockets of rail company shareholders and have a duty to ensure best value for the people of Bristol"

Now re - read the above quotes and substitute the word "Wiltshire" for "Bristol." Having heard the views of "stakeholders" at last night's meeting , I dont see why we cant follow the successful example of FOSBR and their soon to be improved train service.

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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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