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Derby - Matlock & Grantham - Skegness Designated As Community Rail Services - 324/911
Written by Lee on Monday, 17th July 2006

The services are currently run by Central Trains but will transfer to the new East Midlands Franchise in November 2007 (link below.)

Here is a link that mentions both services.

Some of the services listed in the link above run on lines contained within Network Rail Route 11. (Map on Page 2 of the link below.)

Here is a link to a campaign in the Route 11 area. What is striking about the Stop The Train Campaign is that the kind of service cuts that have been proposed in the Greater Western Franchise area have already happened there. Here is a link that shows the effects of those service cuts.

Here is a link to where they may lead to in the future.

Re: Derby - Matlock & Grantham - Skegness Designated As Community Rail Services - 324/926
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 18th July 2006

Quote from Page 8 of the Network Rail Route 11 link :

"Network Rail is starting its work on leading the
Yorkshire & Humber RUS on behalf of the industry
and wider stakeholders. The RUS will aim to make
effective and efficient use and development of the
route capacity available, consistent with the
funding that is, or is reasonably likely to become,
available during the 10 years covered by the RUS."

"DfT Rail is also expected to commence their
Regional Planning Assessment (RPA) for the two
Regions covered by this route and to complete
their review of the Northern Rail franchise. The
latter will from an input to the RUS."

"We will discuss future aspirations for the Penistone,
and Grantham to Skegness lines with the relevant
community rail partnerships."

The proposal contained in the link below will route freight trains carrying lorries directly onto the Penistone line.

Here are a couple of links that are relevant to Regional Planning Assessments.

Page 9 , Figure 10 of the Network Rail Route 11 link shows that there are 3 lines that are projected to achieve high-level growth to 2015.

1) Immingham Docks - Doncaster.
2) Sheffield - Rotherham.
3) Peak Forest Lines.

These are all important or potentially important freight routes.

In addition :

Page 10.

"The rail freight industry has recently provided to
Network Rail a set of 10 year traffic forecasts, and
we are presently assessing their implications. The
key route section within this route that has been
identified as a fragile route and has clearly defined
additional tonnage/train numbers projected by the
industry is Gainsborough

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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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