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South West Regional Planning Assessment For The Railway - 2221/5160
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 9th May 2007
Can be found in the link below.
Where does Melksham fit in? Check out Page 37.
"the two-track route from Salisbury to Bath via Westbury used mainly by inter-urban services between Cardiff, Bristol and South Hampshire and local services (and the lightly-used single track route via Melksham to Chippenham)"
A link on "the bigger picture" can be found below.
Here is an interesting background link.
Re: South West Regional Planning Assessment For The Railway - 2221/5167
Written by tramway on Thursday, 10th May 2007
Initial thoughts having only had a very brief look.
It looks very much like a PR exercise produced by some wonk from the DfT, there is absolutely nothing new there that wasn't already available, I just feel sorry for the poor buggers who had to sit through the meaningless 'stakeholder' meetings. Vitually anyone on the forums here could have produced this document in a couple of weeks with internet access, and would have been happy to do so given the fee the author was probably given. Would have probably funded a 153 through Melksham for a year I bet.
The only thing that the document gets anywhere near to being positive is in the existing franchise agreements as vehicles for making improvements (Exec Summary Table 1 p13), but even here the DfT have centred on inter regional strategy, (although it does recognise Trowbridge car park gets full).
The DfT have also completely distanced themselves from funding additional stock outside this remit, and although the conclusions are that additional stock is needed it is stated that it is down to TOC's in conjunction with other stakeholders to make the necessary funding available (p96, get out clause on p104 para. 8.4)
Thanks Gordon, I hope the Queen says NO.
Re: South West Regional Planning Assessment For The Railway - 2221/5168
Written by tramway on Thursday, 10th May 2007
Should read all links before posting. ::)
Re: South West Regional Planning Assessment For The Railway - 2221/5258
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 15th May 2007
[quote author=tramway link=topic=2221.msg5168#msg5168 date=1178804804]Jacobs again?[/quote]
E-mail from Jacobs :
Dear Lee Fisher
Sorry for the late reply but after some research I can confirm we weren't involved in South West Regional Planning Assessment for the Railway multimodal studies. You will need to get hold of the DfT Rail planning team.
Re: South West Regional Planning Assessment For The Railway - 2221/5259
Written by Gwr2006 on Tuesday, 15th May 2007
The South West RPA was carried out for the Department for Transport by Arup.
Re: South West Regional Planning Assessment For The Railway - 2221/5269
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
[quote author=Gwr2006 link=topic=2221.msg5259#msg5259 date=1179243431]The South West RPA was carried out for the Department for Transport by Arup.[/quote]
Thankyou very much....
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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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