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Fresh Call For Belfast Airport Rail Link - 3432/6883
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 15th August 2007

A South Antrim assembly member has renewed a call for a railway station at Belfast International Airport (link below.)

The SDLP's Thomas Burns says a rail line already exists within a few miles of the airport and it is time the idea of an airport link was taken seriously.

Last month , the assembly was told that the volume of passengers would not sustain a rail link , but that the issue could be discussed again.

But Mr Burns said the assembly needed to show "vision".

Rail services were withdrawn from the Lisburn to Antrim line in June 2003 due to costs.

The stations at Knockmore , Ballyinderry , Glenavy and Crumlin were all closed.

Re: Fresh Call For Belfast Airport Rail Link - 3432/7700
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th September 2007

Plans are being drawn up for a rail link to Belfast International Airport (link below.)

An English company , the Kilbride Group , is behind the scheme to reinstate the railway line.

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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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