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Rail Haulier Freightliner Wins UK's Biggest Container Rail Freight Contract - 286/773
Written by Lee on Thursday, 6th July 2006

Here is a link on this.

Quote from the above link :

"Freightliner said it has signed a five-year deal of undisclosed value with Maersk Line, the container arm of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, to move containers from Southampton, Tilbury and Felixstowe to eight inland destinations."

The deal starts immediately and will run through to 2011.

Re: Rail Haulier Freightliner Wins UK's Biggest Container Rail Freight Contract - 286/777
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 6th July 2006

That's container trains ...

FROM Southampton, Tibury and Felixstowe

TO Coatbridge (Scotalnd) Cleveland, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Widnes, Ham's Hall (near Nuneaton), Birmingham, Daventry, Barking and Cardiff (some of these are just options)

At Southampton, both the Millbrook and Maritime Freighliner terminals are to the West of Central Station and a bottleneck and severe curves to the East of the station.

Re: Rail Haulier Freightliner Wins UK's Biggest Container Rail Freight Contract - 286/779
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th July 2006

The link below is very interesting.

The 13th photo down on the left hand side of the page has the following caption :

"Saturday 6 May 2006 saw the second of five planned weekend line closures between Reading and Basingstoke. Resulting in Freightliner diverting container services to and from Southampton via Salisbury, Westbury, Melksham, Swindon and Didcot West Curve. No. 66538 leaves the GWML and heads onto the single track line at Thingley Junction working the Garston - Southampton service."

Here is a link on Freightliner Heavy Haul.

Quotes from the above link (Autoliner is the brand name of Freightliner Heavy Haul

Re: Rail Haulier Freightliner Wins UK's Biggest Container Rail Freight Contract - 286/825
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 11th July 2006

Rail haulier English, Welsh & Scottish Railway is embarking on a restructuring to boost growth (links below.)

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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