Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
A Rail Round - Up - 2464/5521
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th June 2007

A "lucky dip" , if you like , of recent rail stories (links below.)

Multi-billion rail plans aimed at tackling congestion.

Balfour Beatty bags

Re: A Rail Round - Up - 2464/5719
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th June 2007

Dennis the Menace fun day tickets

Football stadium station revamped

Rail passengers want lower fares

Summer rail work to cause delays

Train station facelift unveiled

No government closure 'agenda' for rail lines (Im sure they wont mind if I keep an eye out , just in case.....)

Jarvis focus on rail sector cuts losses

Deutsche Bahn looks at buying EWS and Transfesa

Corus plans first new British locos for 15 years for Port Talbot

Government urged to prevent repeat of West Coast rail fiasco

FirstGBRf extends Royal Mail contract to move mail by rail until 2010

Uncovered - sleeping giants of first railway

Network Rail sets guidance on benchmark sterling bond-lead

link to index of articles

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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