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Written by Lee on Monday, 24th July 2006

Some Parliamentary Written Questions have been asked on this (link below.)

Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the formats in which train timetables are produced by Network Rail are governed by regulations.

Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the impact of changing to internet-only railway timetables.

Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what formats Network Rail produces train timetables; and whether changes are planned.

Some other questions also caught my eye :

Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus companies there are in England. (any guesses?)

Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to publish the Government's guidance on light rail procurement.

Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Thameslink 2000 project.

Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the abilities of the (a) rail and (b) road infrastructure to cope in temperatures greater than 30 degrees centigrade.

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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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