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RMT Escalates Opposition To East London Line Plan - 2113/4990
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 25th April 2007

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers has stepped up its opposition to Transport for London's plans to change the status of the East London Line (link below.)

Current plans will create a "frighteningly complex hybrid" of Tube and rail networks with an inevitable undermining of safety across the proposed London Overground network , the RMT says. Activists have distributed campaign postcards to commuters at Whitechapel , Canada Water and New Cross stations.

"We asked London Underground and Network Rail exactly who would be responsible for operations and infrastructure on the East London Line and London Rail concession and the answers are simply frightening," general secretary Bob Crow said.

According to the RMT , TfL's plans mean at least eight organisations will be involved in running the new service. Of these eight , two will be responsible for signalling operations , two for infrastructure maintenance , two for infrastructure renewals , one for train and station operations and one for train maintenance.

The existing East London Line is part of the London Underground network with signalling , train and station operations controlled by LU. Maintenance and renewals are sub-contracted to infraco Metronet.

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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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