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Network Rail Braced For Second Huge Fine - 3706/7218
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 29th August 2007

Network Rail is facing its second huge fine in a matter of months because of the delays it has inflicted on passengers in the Thames Valley , West Country and South Wales (link below.)

Rail regulators , who last month hit the company with a

Re: Network Rail Braced For Second Huge Fine - 3706/7219
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 29th August 2007

Since Network Rail is a not for profit company owned by the Government (as I understand it), who at the end of the day ends up paying the fine?

Re: Network Rail Braced For Second Huge Fine - 3706/7220
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 29th August 2007

I was just thinking the same things.  The whole point of Railtrack being taken 'back' by the Government and converted to non-profitmaking Network Rail was to improve reliability, safety and other important maintenance and upgrades to track.  This system of fines seems to me ridiculous, it feeds an iniquitous internal economy and pleases no one but bean-counters.

There has to be a better way of getting Network Rail to do its job properly.

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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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