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comparisons with the USA and Germany - 3372/6803
Written by rober on Saturday, 11th August 2007

Hi there,

I'm a recent arrival to the UK, and in a fit of boredom a few months ago, decided to put together a few facts comparing rail travel for the places in which I've lived & worked. Since the site is kind of buried in my yahoo-geocities page, and because I'd be very interested in hearing what my more seasoned UK-neighbors have to say about it, I thought I'd post the URL to this forum:

I've commuted in metro-NYC and Berlin, and now live in Cambridge. In a nutshell, I'm amazed at how much more expensive (yet less dependable/comfortable) the rail system is in the UK-- particularly for commuters. But to be honest there's still a lot I have to learn about the UK. So if anyone out there has the time/motivation, please let me know if the info on the above website is accurate and/or could be improved. It's a bit dated, based on ticket prices I gathered over a long-ish period mostly during summer 2006.


rober (dinkelfresser-rail[at]; or BT address in the URL above)

Re: comparisons with the USA and Germany - 3372/6805
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 11th August 2007

Hi, and welcome Rober.

It just so happens that I travelled from the UK yesterday and too Amtrak down from Newark to Washington DC ... and I was seated on that train making a comparison myself.

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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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