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French TV in Bath on 14/6/07 - 2549/5655
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 13th June 2007

I understand French TV (thier 3rd TV Channel) will be filming at Bath Railway Station 14/06/07 AM to see how are doing with the trains & services out of Bath.
I do not know any more. 

Re: French TV in Bath on 14/6/07 - 2549/5658
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 14th June 2007

They're very welcome ... we can learn across the world. 

Re: French TV in Bath on 14/6/07 - 2549/5874
Written by tonya on Monday, 25th June 2007

They met up with me to get the campiagn angle from MTLS, and also with Southern trains. Interstingly they couldn't get any other train companies to talk to them.
We travelled the commuter line to Bristol, and they got good comments from travellers, but the trains were by and large on top form that day, and plenty of seats.
They were doing a news item for France 3, the equivalent of channel 4 news on Blairs heritage.
They said that the French opinion of British trains is very low, and the  camera team were gobsmacked by the prices, ancient rolling stock and the fact that is it leased rather than owned by the train cos.
Don't know when it is on tv, if you are desperately keen it will be on their website at some time (probably)

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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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