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Competition Commission - did they look BOTH ways? - 319/901
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 16th July 2006
Picking up on an old story here ... the Competition Commisioner's report as reported by the BBC in March. link.
[quote]Diana Guy, who led the inquiry, said: "Our analysis found only a few routes where there was scope for competition between buses and trains."
In her report, Ms Guy said FirstGroup would have only a "very small" profit incentive to raise bus fares or alter services in order to shift passengers to trains.[/quote]
I suspect that Swindon - Melksham - Westbury (and especially intermediate traffic) IS one of the few routes that Ms Guy found. I note that whilst she notes that she states that there's only a very small incentive for First to push passnegers from bus to rail, she doesn't comment - at least in this quote - on the possible transfer incentives from rail to road.
Did you see that other post on this board earlier today .. a traveller form London had to take the bus (no suitable train) and his journey was lengthened by an estimated hour. First still got the same money, but he's lost that extra hour!
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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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