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ERTMS National Implementation Plan - 4301/7984
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

"The ERTMS National Implementation Plan has been produced to meet the Control Command & Signalling TSI criteria. The scope includes the High Speed and Conventional Trans-European Railway Network (TEN) routes in the UK. It focuses upon implementation of GSM-R and ETCS in support of the introduction of ERTMS Level 2 without lineside signals. The plan aligns with expected re-signalling dates and rolling stock replacement dates wherever possible to produce the most economic outcome." (link below.)

Re: ERTMS National Implementation Plan - 4301/8131
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 10th October 2007

A nationwide, multi-billion pound project to roll-out the European Rail Traffic Management System across the UK railway network is due to begin in 2011 , according to a newly published government strategy document (link below.)

The ERTMS National Implementation Plan has been submitted to the European Commission to comply with a series of EU railway directives and commits the UK to installing the next-generation system on 72% of the National Rail network between now and 2038.

ERTMS is currently being trialled on the Cambrian Line in Wales but once adopted on busier routes would have the potential to increase line capacity for a relatively modest investment in infrastructure. The technology would replace conventional trackside signals with high-tech beacons which would communicate with in-cab equipment , allowing trains to safely travel more closely together and potentially at higher speeds.

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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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