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Wiltshire County Council To Push For Adequate Salisbury - Westbury Services - 1946/4763
Written by Lee on Thursday, 12th April 2007
Dont forget us , guys.....
We are very unlikely to let you do so.
Re: Wiltshire County Council To Push For Adequate Salisbury - Westbury Services - 1946/5331
Written by courgettelawn on Sunday, 20th May 2007
Wiltshire CC are going for the easy option in terms of appearing to think straight about rail services across Wilts. They show a singular lack of understanding of the problem. We need (as we all know) a decent service across the county, both to increase the opportunities for car commuters to leave the daily drags along the A350 and to be serious about reducing the unnecessary carbon emissions from the same. Simply applying cosmetic measures to a future lack between Salisbury and Westbury will do nothing to improve the underlying problem of getting services to an appropriate level right across the county up to Swindon and down to Salisbury.
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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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