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MPs Meet Sardine Man & Jenny Agutter - 2640/5791
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st June 2007

57 MPs met Sardine Man & Jenny Agutter at Westminster yesterday (20/06/2007 , link below.)

Re: MPs Meet Sardine Man & Jenny Agutter - 2640/5814
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd June 2007

A battle of words has developed between campaigners , MP's and FGW (link below.)

Quotes from Andrew Murrison :

"My constituents are fed up with being packed into train carriages like sardines."

"Although there's been a slight improvement locally recently, it's not surprising that people have been writing in to say that they've given up and are taking the car instead."

Re: MPs Meet Sardine Man & Jenny Agutter - 2640/5835
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd June 2007

David Redgewell of Transport 2000 enters the fray , saying 90 per cent of services in the area are NOT overcrowded (link below.)

He also says the Government is being lobbied for the green light to run four carriages on the Cardiff to Portsmouth line rather than two , and calls for extra carriages on the Bristol - Weymouth line.

He is worried the 12 extra trains that were supplied by First Great Western this year to ease overcrowding could end up moving to a northern operator at the end of the year.

He said: "The Government wants to relocate these trains to Northern Rail. Our biggest fear is that by Christmas, these trains will go North."

A spokesman for First Great Western said: "Obviously, some commuter services are full but that is how it is in many cities. Our 2007/8 service is under review and that might involve an increase in capacity."

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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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