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MTLS and media and planning demands- help needed - 2697/5878
Written by tonya on Monday, 25th June 2007

The national and inernational media seems to have identified MTLS as a spokesperson on behalf of rail travllers and now we have approaches every week for comments on some other disastrous move by the rail industry.
We welcome this and  respond carefully so as not to dragged into talking at too detailed a level about specific trains, technical details of trains etc.
They want us to paint a broad brush picture, respond as your average commuter would, talk  sound and rational common sense, and counter some of the appalling things going on such as SW Trains bullying of guards and passengers over penalty fares.
Our team is however very limited in size, and if we are to develop, and increase our influence, and carry off No way tro run a Railway Day we will need more people on board to plan events, address meetings, talk to the press etc. You do not have to be based in the SW.
We are not talking huge demand on time, but we do need people with sound ideas, able to see the bigger picture rather than just local issues, and able to speak confidently to the media.
If you want to be involved, leave a message for me on this website with your phone number, and we'll call you within the next 2 weeks.

Re: MTLS and media and planning demands- help needed - 2697/5885
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 25th June 2007

Although involved much more with the service from Swindon / Chippenham to West Wilts / Frome / Salisbury and beyond, which has its own different problems to "Tony's line", I have "mugged up" to some depth over the past 18 months on the more general topics.

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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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