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CANBER Statement Of Shared Aims - 2700/5882
Written by Lee on Monday, 25th June 2007

Campaign Against New Beeching Report (CANBER) has issued its Statement Of Shared Aims , which has been endorsed by the following organisations :

Eye On Manchester
Friends Of Suburban Bristol Railways
Ivybridge Rail Users Group
Oxford Bicester Rail Action Group
Ox Rail Action
Melksham Save The Train Campaign
More Train , Less Strain
no450 Campaign
Saltash Rail Users Group
Severn Tunnel Action Group
SOS - Save Our Stations
Stop The Train

Here is the full statement :


A confederation of campaigning groups and individuals , united in the aim of preventing the closure of lines and stations , and securing / developing their future role as part of the rail network of the United Kingdom.

CANBER pledges to :

Come to the aid of those fighting the closure of a line or station , and provide all possible assistance.

Share any information that may help to prevent the closure of a line or station.

Promote the views of groups and individuals in the confederation pursuing the protection and development of the rail network of the United Kingdom.

CANBER believes :

That all station closure proposals should be opposed , except where the following applies :

- If the station serves a facility that's no longer operational , for example if a sports stadium is relocated , and no appropriate alternative use for the station , such as Park & Ride , is possible.

- If the station is replaced with a superior facility in the immediate area.

That the Railways Act 2005 should be amended to include legislation that blocks the closure of a line or station where significant local opposition to such a proposal exists.

That the role of rural railways as the lifelines of the communities they serve should be recognised and protected.

That small stations should be used as regenerative tools to foster development of the areas that they serve.

That where evidence of significant passenger usage growth exists , improved services should be provided.

That where evidence of significant passenger usage growth does not exist , innovative solutions should be found that stimulate such growth.

That increased seating capacity should be provided where required , so that passengers are not forced off the trains.

That fare increase proposals are rigorously scrutinised , so that passengers are not priced off the trains.

That all steps should be taken to minimise the cancellation of scheduled passenger train services.

That investment should be made in additional infrastructure capacity , so that passenger & freight train services can co - exist , and growth in both sectors can be accomodated.

That lines and stations should be built / re-opened where this is possible and can be reasonably justified.

That passengers have a right to travel , and staff have a right to work , in safety on all parts of the rail network of the United Kingdom.

That rail travel should be encouraged on economic , environmental and social grounds as part of a properly integrated public transport system that offers a real alternative to the car.

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Re: CANBER Statement Of Shared Aims - 2700/5884
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 25th June 2007

Good work, Lee.

Isn't it a shame that most of these aims should be common sense "no-brainers" and yet in the current climate / environment it's necessry to spell them out!

Re: CANBER Statement Of Shared Aims - 2700/12572
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 21st June 2008

Canber now at

(Yes, it grows and has its own web site  ;) )

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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