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New Inter - City Trains Process Begins - 1585/4230
Written by Lee on Friday, 9th March 2007

The Department for Transport has officially began the procurement process for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP , link below.)

Re: New Inter - City Trains Process Begins - 1585/4278
Written by Lee on Monday, 12th March 2007

Here is a further article on this.

Re: New Inter - City Trains Process Begins - 1585/4287
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 12th March 2007

Glad they are starting the ball rolling on this, and the hybrid trains would seem to make sense, although I think I agree with Rog Ford - I would prefer to see more of the wires going up.

Re: New Inter - City Trains Process Begins - 1585/5828
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd June 2007

Bombardier and Siemens are joining forces with Angel Trains and international investment and advisory firm , Babcock & Brown , in a consortium , Express Rail Alliance , bidding to win the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) contract (link below.)

Re: New Inter - City Trains Process Begins - 1585/6936
Written by Lee on Saturday, 18th August 2007

The government has announced a shortlist of companies that will compete for the contract to build a new generation of inter-city express trains. The contract could be worth up to

Re: New Inter - City Trains Process Begins - 1585/7068
Written by Lee on Friday, 24th August 2007

David Redgewell & Chris Irwin give their views in the link below.

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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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