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New Transport Secretary - 2754/5955
Written by Lee on Thursday, 28th June 2007

Ruth Kelly has been appointed Transport Secretary , replacing Douglas Alexander (link below.)

DfT biography.

BBC profile.

Guardian profile.,,-2848,00.html

Archive Guardian profile.,9830,1375849,00.html

Wikipedia profile.

MP profile.

CJ Harrison's view.

Transport 2000 letter.

Re: New Transport Secretary - 2754/6064
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 3rd July 2007

Chris Grayling has been replaced as Shadow Transport Secretary by Theresa Villiers (link below.)

Re: New Transport Secretary - 2754/6079
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

I see we still have Tom Harris as Rail under-secretary.  Here is a link to his latest speech: 'The Future of Rail.  Time to Switch Tracks?'

Sentence 66 is particularly amusing. 

Re: New Transport Secretary - 2754/6081
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

Indeed! I commented on that speech a few days ago.

[quote author=Lee link=topic=2698.msg5933#msg5933 date=1182940345]A further speech by Tom Harris , with some interesting references to the early 80's and the Serpell Report (link below.)[/quote]

Re: New Transport Secretary - 2754/6082
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

[quote author=courgettelawn link=topic=2754.msg6079#msg6079 date=1183539414]
I see we still have Tom Harris as Rail under-secretary.

Re: New Transport Secretary - 2754/6112
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 5th July 2007

Indeed... Similarly if they were to run some services very delayed and others depart early, they'll average out to be about on time.

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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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