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More Trains For Rhondda - 3259/6658
Written by Lee on Friday, 3rd August 2007

Plans for a

Re: More Trains For Rhondda - 3259/7240
Written by Lee on Thursday, 30th August 2007

More than 100 residents viewed plans showing the future of Valleys rail lines (link below.)

Re: More Trains For Rhondda - 3259/7248
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 30th August 2007

Where are the extra trains coming from?

Re: More Trains For Rhondda - 3259/7249
Written by Lee on Thursday, 30th August 2007

From the Jacobs Consultancy / Sewta Rail Strategy Study (Pages 33 & 34 of the link below.)

"The passenger demand growth and capacity analysis presented in sections 4.2 to 4.4 highlighted that if rail demand within the Sewta area continues to grow there will be overcrowding of peak trains and a need for additional rolling stock to enable demand to continue to grow. Table 3 shows the rolling stock requirements and subsidy issues under the high growth assumptions (5% per annum). Under central growth assumptions the additional rolling stock required at 2018 would be 4 vehicles."

"The analysis assumes train strengthening using Class 150 vehicles which are available as 2 and 3 car trains and can be used in combinations. The operating costs assume a 50%

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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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