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Graham Ellis - 2/2
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 21st September 2005


Re: Graham Ellis - 2/118
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 20th November 2005

An update, and a big thank you to everyone one who has helped and keeps helping here.

Hopefully you've noticed a few of the ongoing changes on this web site; it's naturally to see a big splurge at first and then wonder in anything is happening.  Well - I'm doing my best to ensure that it IS along with 1001 other things I have on my plate like a paying job to help keep the wolf from the door ;-)

I've now got - err - quite a pile of unanswered difficult questions out with various officials / people involced in decision making processes - hopefully all encouraging them to consider true and new evidence and not wacky or agressive in any way; just "awkward" questions.  I noticed a new commenter on my blog a few minutes ago (thanks, Garry) helping me to confirm my suspicisons that the train operating companieds don't have a level playing field to play on.  And that it's exactly BECAUSE of this slope that all the goals are scored the wrong way. In other words, using a realistic financial model our line would be viable.

Ah - this was supposed to be a personal update, but I seem to be on my sopabox again.

I'm working from home for the next few weeks so I'll be able to post a bit more, and write a few more chasers.  In our business, though, Christmas is the only time of year that things go quiet so I'll be taking a bit of a rest.  No doubt I'll manage a bit of long distance posting!  Anyone else going away?

Re: Graham Ellis - 2/1515
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 24th September 2006

"Bump" .... as they say in the net world.

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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