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Rail Freight Firm Urges Government Investment - 2003/4829
Written by Lee on Monday, 16th April 2007
EWS is demanding inclusion in the government's blueprint for the railways to be published this summer. It will specify what the government wants from the passenger rail network between 2009 and 2014 and how much it will spend - but freight will not be included (link below.)
Graeme Smith , planning director at EWS , said transport secretary Douglas Alexander cannot ignore the findings of two Treasury-commissioned reports which back the case for rail freight. The Eddington study calls for investment in infrastructure at ports and the Stern report detailed the consequences of unrestricted carbon emissions.
Network Rail has warned that the system will need an upgrade to cope with an estimated 30% increase in freight traffic over the next 10 years.
By the way , should any site visitors wish to claim freight grants from the DfT , here are the forms....
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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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