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Applying the road formula to rail - 3390/6823
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 13th August 2007
The Government's formula for "spend" on road improvements allows for 44p per minute saved per car driver through a notional 60 years of the life of the road, according to a recent article in New Stateman. The figure is rather less for bus passengers and cyclists - 33p and 28p per mile.
What would it mean is a similar pattern was applied to the "TransWilts?". I'll forcast a saving of 30 minutes per journey on 100,000 journeys next year, rising to a saving on 2 million journeys in 20 years time (I can justify that - it's based on an 8% compound growth which is way below what was historically achieved, and comments elsewhre confirm that there's no ceiling to growth at least in the next few years).
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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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