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Tyne - Tees Councils Consider 'Maglev' Link - 1755/4514
Written by Lee on Monday, 26th March 2007

Council bosses say a high-speed magnetic levitation rail link between Tyneside and the Tees Valley could turn the North East into a "super region" (link below.)

Councillor Mick Henry , Association of North-East Councils chair , said journey times could be reduced to 12 minutes.

A working group from the region's council will now be set up to consider the possibility of a high-speed link.

Re: Tyne - Tees Councils Consider 'Maglev' Link - 1755/4923
Written by Lee on Saturday, 21st April 2007

Support is growing for a similiar link between Glasgow and Edinburgh (link below.)

Re: Tyne - Tees Councils Consider 'Maglev' Link - 1755/5053
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 1st May 2007

Plans to build a 311mph magnetic rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh have divided political opponents (link below.)

Labour Finance Minister Tom McCabe said the high-speed maglev trains could help Scotland's two biggest cities compete with larger European business capitals.

The Conservative Party has already pledged to introduce the system in its election manifesto.

But both the SNP and Liberal Democrats said there was a danger maglev would impact on other rail improvement plans.

Re: Tyne - Tees Councils Consider 'Maglev' Link - 1755/5761
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th June 2007

A feasibility study into a high-speed rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh has been commissioned by transport chiefs in the West of Scotland (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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