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Derek Twigg Speech - 265/702
Written by Lee on Friday, 23rd June 2006

Here is a link to a recent speech by Derek Twigg , the Transport Minister. The issues raised cover many important areas but , in my view , sections 49 - 55 are particulary relevant.

"In addition, we need to assess the role of passengers and how their interests will develop

Re: Derek Twigg Speech - 265/703
Written by Lee on Saturday, 24th June 2006

The link in the post above is now broken. Here is an alternative.

Re: Derek Twigg Speech - 265/710
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 26th June 2006

Grrr ... I wish people wouldn't break links - at least keep a "graveyard page" to help in forwarding traffic.

"Railheading" is certainly an issue around out parts; what's better value to First - getting a fiver for parking at Chippneham, or getting five pounds to help towards a further train service.  More profit in tha parking (but blow the inconvenience and environment!).  Just IMHO.

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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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