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"God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/781
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th July 2006

The line through Dawlish is under threat due to concerns over its sea wall defences. Here are a couple of articles on this.,,1790047,00.html

Re: "God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/808
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 8th July 2006

Perhaps they should re open the old southern route from Okehampton through to Plymouth?

Re: "God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/815
Written by Lee on Sunday, 9th July 2006

[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=288.msg808#msg808 date=1152385030]
Perhaps they should re open the old southern route from Okehampton through to Plymouth?[/quote]

Nick , here is a link to the original "Plymrail" Plymouth area rail proposals.

Plymouth - Tavistock was part of the route that you mentioned , which also includes a section mentioned in the BRB (Residuary) property listing (link below , it is not for sale at present.)

Here is a BRB (Residuary) based link.

Re: "God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/818
Written by Lee on Monday, 10th July 2006

There have also been some Parliamentary Written Questions asked on this (links below.)

Re: "God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/1658
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

Here is another upcoming PWQ :

Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to insert a rock armoured toe at Dawlish Warren to reduce the impact of high water and flooding on the main Penzance to Paddington line.

I have a question of my own to ask on this :

Does anybody know what a rock armoured toe is?

Re: "God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/1659
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

It sounds like Anthony Steen does  ;D

Re: "God's Railway" Under Threat - 288/1702
Written by Lee on Monday, 23rd October 2006

As is often the case with PWQ's such as these , Mr Steen has been refferred to Network Rail for an answer.

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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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