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Strikes Halt Cross-Channel Trains - 4466/8241
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 17th October 2007

Eurostar is to cancel services this week because of industrial action in France (link below.)

Six services have been cancelled for Thursday , and other trains may also be affected by disruption - passengers have been advised not to travel.

Friday services will also be affected by strike action , Eurostar said.

Extra trains are still being laid on for people heading to Saturday's Rugby World Cup final in Paris , when 25,000 people are expected to travel.

A spokeswoman said 40% more passengers would use the cross-Channel rail service between midday on Thursday and Saturday afternoon, compared with the same time last year.

About 24,000 will travel back from France to the UK on Sunday and Monday , she added.

Re: Strikes Halt Cross-Channel Trains - 4466/8274
Written by Lee on Friday, 19th October 2007

Continuing strike action by French transport workers is disrupting rail services , with only about half of Paris metro trains operating. Two of France's eight transport unions voted to extend the 24-hour strike which began on Wednesday at 2000 local time (link below.)

On Thursday , several commuter rail lines were closed , bus and tram services faced disruption in 27 major cities , and just 46 TGV fast trains were running out of the normal 700.

Re: Strikes Halt Cross-Channel Trains - 4466/8276
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 19th October 2007

Cynics are saying that this strike would not have gone ahead if France had made it into the Rugby world cup final  :o

Re: Strikes Halt Cross-Channel Trains - 4466/8292
Written by Lee on Saturday, 20th October 2007

More on this in the links below.

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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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