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Line Closed Between Tunbridge Wells - Wadhurst - 3307/6720
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 7th August 2007

Major engineering work on a railway tunnel has led to replacement buses being brought in for passengers travelling between Kent and Sussex (link below.)

Track renewal by Network Rail in the Grove Hill tunnel began on Saturday and is set to run until 27 August.

The line between Tunbridge Wells in Kent , and Wadhurst , East Sussex , on the route between London's Charing Cross and Hastings , has been closed.

Re: Line Closed Between Tunbridge Wells - Wadhurst - 3307/7212
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 29th August 2007

The work has been completed on time (link below.)

The railway station car park at Tunbridge Wells will remain closed until 14 September 2007 for engineering equipment to be removed , with alternative arrangements in place at the nearby multi-storey car park.

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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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