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Harris Speech To Modern Railways '4th Friday Club' - 2698/5880
Written by Lee on Monday, 25th June 2007

Tom Harris sets out his stall , including the following quotes (link below) :

"But meeting the environmental challenge also means innovative thinking such as considering how tram-train lightweight vehicles could be used for some services and provide better links to town and city centres."

"This may have great potential in the future and I plan to go on a fact finding visit to see it in operation later in the year."

Re: Harris Speech To Modern Railways '4th Friday Club' - 2698/5933
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 27th June 2007

A further speech by Tom Harris , with some interesting references to the early 80's and the Serpell Report (link below.)

Re: Harris Speech To Modern Railways '4th Friday Club' - 2698/6113
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 5th July 2007

Albeit very carefully, he has stuck put is stall out on a number of issues, particularly environmental.  If ever there was a speech to print out and keep I think it would be this one.  He will by virtue of some of his points want to know about ideas like Gateway to the Future as it chimes in beautifully with what he _says_ he wants to see.

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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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