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Govia Wins West Midlands Franchise - 2639/5790
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st June 2007

The DfT has announced that London and Birmingham Railway Ltd (a subsidiary of Govia) has been awarded the contract to run the West Midlands franchise (links below.)

The new franchise will begin on 11th November 2007 and will run until 19th September 2015. The DfT has the right to terminate the franchise after six years if the operator is failing to meet agreed performance targets.

The West Midlands franchise combines the current Silverlink County services between London Euston and Northampton with the West Midlands local and regional service groups of Central Trains. The Department will pay a subsidy of

Re: Govia Wins West Midlands Franchise - 2639/5807
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd June 2007

Here are some more links on this.

Quotes :

"The fare increase on the London to Northampton route marks the latest of several occasions when the government has allowed winning bidders of rail franchises to increase fares by more than the standard one percentage point above annual inflation."

"The policy

Re: Govia Wins West Midlands Franchise - 2639/5823
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 23rd June 2007

[quote author=Lee link=topic=2639.msg5790#msg5790 date=1182422420]
The Department will pay a subsidy of

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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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