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Train Firms Seek New Agreement To Finance Expansion - 3849/7396
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 4th September 2007

Two of Britain's largest train operators are attempting to renegotiate their franchises to finance deals for new carriages which they insist are needed to head off the threat of overcrowding (link below.)

Virgin Trains has held talks with the government about reducing franchise payments in order to finance a

Re: Train Firms Seek New Agreement To Finance Expansion - 3849/9422
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th January 2008

Virgin Trains is set for a showdown with the Department for Transport after the government rejected proposals to head off the threat of overcrowding on the London-to-Glasgow route (link below.)

The Virgin Trains chief executive, Tony Collins, demanded an explanation from the DfT after it blocked a move to acquire 100 more Pendolino carriages for its west coast service. Virgin Trains had asked for a franchise extension, or a change in financial terms, in order to finance the

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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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