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Crowhurst Train Services - 346/1010
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 25th July 2006

Here is a link to a recent Parliamentary Written Question on this.

Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to review train services to Crowhurst, East Sussex; and if he will make a statement.

Here is a link regarding Gregory Barker's campaign on this issue.

The proposals for Crowhurst form part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise , which also includes proposals to close Beltring & Swale stations. Further details can be found in the link below.

Hopefully he can repeat the success of the campaign featured in the link below , which he was also involved in.

Here is a link to a further Gregory Barker Parliamentary Written Question.

Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to review peak time train services along the Brighton to London Victoria line.

Re: Crowhurst Train Services - 346/1363
Written by Lee on Sunday, 3rd September 2006

Here is an update on this (link below.)

Re: Crowhurst Train Services - 346/1454
Written by Lee on Saturday, 16th September 2006

Gregory Barker pressed the new Managing Director of SouthEastern trains , Charles Horton , on Tuesday for a guarantee that local services to London stations will be kept intact ahead of a forthcoming timetabling review (link below.)

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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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