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Network Rail Asks For Extra - 278/740
Written by Lee on Sunday, 2nd July 2006

Here are some links on this.,,1810818,00.html

Re: Network Rail Asks For Extra - 278/749
Written by Lee on Monday, 3rd July 2006

Here is another article on this.

Re: Network Rail Asks For Extra - 278/759
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 4th July 2006

One of those articles quotes:

The Association of Train Operating Companies said it forecast that growth would be at least 28 per cent and possibly 40 per cent over the next decade. 'We need to start to make the planning decisions now if we're going to be able to cope,' said Edward Funnell, the association's communications director. '[Without more capacity] things are going to get very, very congested on more parts of the network ...'

And the other articles make it clear that most of the extra money is investments such as extending platforms and adding capacity.

Network rail don't need to add significant capacity to the infrastucture on Swindon - Southampton to see continued ANNUAL growth at the same figures that they're quoting for the next decade for the rest of the network.

Re: Network Rail Asks For Extra - 278/760
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 4th July 2006


Re: Network Rail Asks For Extra - 278/761
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 4th July 2006

Here are some more articles on this.,,171-2254389,00.html

Re: Network Rail Asks For Extra - 278/767
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 5th July 2006

Here is another article on this , which also contains some interesting further links.

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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