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Transport Select Commitee to question Derek Twigg - 19th July - 326/921
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 18th July 2006

The Transport Select Commitee questions Derek Twigg.

I note that there are no members of the commitee in the FGW area; I hope they have been briefed by our own members to ask appropriate questions, and I have dropped the member nearest to our part of the world a quick note to alert him to what appears to be a poor decision by Derek Twigg's section.

Re: Transport Select Commitee to question Derek Twigg - 19th July - 326/925
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 18th July 2006

Here is a link to a related article by Christian Wolmar.

Re: Transport Select Commitee to question Derek Twigg - 19th July - 326/929
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 19th July 2006

What's happening at the moment ...

* 'Final' December Timetable due in next few days
* Derek Twigg to appear before Commons Committee, 19.7.06
* Conservatives take up case as Transport review example
* RMT (Bristol) web site offers publicity support
* Parliamentary written questions - answers awaited
* First (corporate) approached with case
* Senior First Great Western and DfT staff reminded of case
* Competition Commissioners asked questions
* More rumours of bus improvements

Re: Transport Select Commitee to question Derek Twigg - 19th July - 326/941
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th July 2006

Here is an article on this.

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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