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Rail Bridge To Northern Ireland Mooted - 3552/7037
Written by Lee on Thursday, 23rd August 2007

A 21-mile bridge spanning the North Channel of the Irish Sea - from Galloway to Northern Ireland - has been proposed by a think tank (link below.)

The Centre for Cross Border Studies believes the bridge could provide international rail links and ease the strain on air services.

Group director Andy Pollak admitted it would be a massive engineering challenge and would cost about

Re: Rail Bridge To Northern Ireland Mooted - 3552/7039
Written by Industry Insider on Thursday, 23rd August 2007

Hmmm. Somewhat far-fetched methinks. I'll eat my hat if that scheme ever goes ahead.

Re: Rail Bridge To Northern Ireland Mooted - 3552/7048
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 23rd August 2007

I hope it does go ahead!  What a wonderful journey, scenically that would be!

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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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