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Wrexham - Bidston Line Electrification Postponed - 4341/8050
Written by Lee on Saturday, 6th October 2007
A study by consultants last year found that electrifying the railway from Wrexham to Bidston , near Birkenhead , would bring major benefits because the electric trains would be allowed into Liverpool
Re: Wrexham - Bidston Line Electrification Postponed - 4341/8062
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 7th October 2007
Very sad to hear that news - I've used the line a couple of times to get to Caergwrle along its route. But at least they have trains ... it's an hourly service still, isn't it?
And so interesting to note that it's something that could be classified as a "local" line - very much more so than the TransWilts. Interesting that they're talking electrification, even delayed, for such a service. I thought the government was all in for buses in such areas, or are there local reasons?
Re: Wrexham - Bidston Line Electrification Postponed - 4341/8068
Written by Lee on Sunday, 7th October 2007
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=4341.msg8062#msg8062 date=1191744539]And so interesting to note that it's something that could be classified as a "local" line - very much more so than the TransWilts. Interesting that they're talking electrification, even delayed, for such a service. I thought the government was all in for buses in such areas, or are there local reasons?[/quote]
Proposals like this tend to be looked at more favourably if you have a public body such as Merseytravel on your side (link below.)
As the original post states , there would be major benefits to the area if the Wrexham to Bidston service was extended into Liverpool.
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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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