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Stagecoach Wins East Midlands Franchise - 2651/5811
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd June 2007

The DfT has announced that Stagecoach Midland Rail Limited (a subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc) has been awarded the contract to run the new East Midlands franchise from 11th November 2007 to April 1st 2015. However , the DfT has the right to terminate the franchise after six years if the operator is failing to meet agreed performance targets.

The East Midlands franchise brings together current Midland Mainline services from London St Pancras and the eastern section of Central Trains. It will receive a subsidy in the early years of the franchise and pay a premium in the later years. Over the seven year and four month life of the franchise a premium of

Re: Stagecoach Wins East Midlands Franchise - 2651/6781
Written by Lee on Friday, 10th August 2007

Here is a link to the new website.

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.

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