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London getting too much of the transport cake say academics - 171/410
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 28th February 2006

A team of researchers from Salford and Manchester Universities appointed to advise the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has reported that too much Government transport investment is being concentrated in London.

They recommended "spatial impact assessments" to challenge the current "place-blind" view of investment priority that inevitably favours the capital. "There is an argument for refocusing priorities towards the improvement of intra-City-Region infrastructure father than inter-city infrastructure", so that the city-regions have the same impact on their wider area as London has on the wider South East.

Treasury data shows that transport expenditure in London now far exceeds that in other parts of the country - about three times as much per person in London as in the South West.

Report in Local Transport Today

Local Transport Today also tabulates the 26million pound cost of the Westbury bypass in another article.

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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