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Network Rail - a new contact - 4249/7906
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 30th September 2007

Dave Ward is the newly appointed Route Director for Network Rail.

Re: Network Rail - a new contact - 4249/8163
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 12th October 2007

I understand that we'll be receiving a joint reply from FGW and Network Rail within the next 7 days.

"Andrew Haines and I have instructed our people ..."

Re: Network Rail - a new contact - 4249/8258
Written by on Thursday, 18th October 2007

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=4249.msg7906#msg7906 date=1191145032]
Dave Ward is the newly appointed Route Director for Network Rail.  I was in the audince to listen to him speak in Taunton yesterday, and asked the following question:

"Dave.  We really appreciate you talking to us today and I'm delighted to hear your committment to meeting the needs of the customers of the railway in providing infrastructure for services.  Can I describe a situation and ask who my contact in Network Rail should be.

For the December 2007 timetable, a great deal of work was done by First Great Western, Wiltshire County Council and the Department for Transport in providing a more appropriate service acroos Wiltshire from Salisbury to Swindon - 3 trains a day that were resourced and scheduled in the draft. However, at the last minute something fell through and I was told that in spite of the plans having been in the offing for quite a long time, Network Rail turned around and said "no" at the last minute.

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I am not sure that this explanation is correct, but I would really appreciate having a contact at Network Rail with whom I can establish the true situation - firstly to learn what went wrong with this important proposal, and secondly to ensure that when it comes up again / when we look to recover it, we can all work together to avoid it failing to be implemented".

Long question. Short answer. "Me".

I'll be sending Dave an introduction to the TransWilts issue shortly, and I'm really hopeful that this provides us with an explanation and undrstanding of another hurdle. That way we can get past it to everyone's satisfaction.

More - details of Dave's talk

[Modified by administrator.  Thanks for quoting my post back at me, - I'm so glad you found it useful.  However, you appear to have accidentally added a lot of extra text and links into the middle of it, which I have deleted for you.]

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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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