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Forth Bridge Restoration Insight - 3339/6759
Written by Lee on Thursday, 9th August 2007

A BBC documentary on a Forth Rail Bridge restoration project is set to provide a unique insight into work to bring it back to its former glory (link below.)

Real Men Go Forth will be shown at 2130 BST on Thursday 16 August on BBC1 Scotland and at 1930 BST on Wednesday 15 August in the rest of the UK.

It is estimated the work will be completed by 2013.

Re: Forth Bridge Restoration Insight - 3339/7466
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th September 2007

A photographic artwork of the Forth Rail Bridge is to form the centrepiece of an exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (link below.)

Forth Bridge - Cinema.Metric Space (2002) was bought for

Re: Forth Bridge Restoration Insight - 3339/8132
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 10th October 2007

A University of Glasgow graduate who helped build the Forth Rail Bridge is to appear on

Re: Forth Bridge Restoration Insight - 3339/9151
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th December 2007

A new bridge is to be built across the Firth of Forth, just west of the existing suspension road crossing (link below.)

The cable stayed-style bridge is due to open in about 2016 and will cost between

Re: Forth Bridge Restoration Insight - 3339/10182
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th February 2008

Balfour Beatty Plc has announced that it has received a new

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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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