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Rail Passengers - 4524/8317
Written by Lee on Monday, 22nd October 2007
Train companies are putting the lives of passengers at risk unnecessarily because they are refusing to fit laminated safety glass on their older trains (link below.)
A report by the Rail Safety & Standards Board shows that most of the people killed in the two most recent rail crashes died as a result of being thrown through breakable windows. The windows are found on almost half of Britain
Re: Rail Passengers - 4524/8387
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 30th October 2007
First is to fit laminated windows - currently only being installed in high speed trains - to every train it runs , costing
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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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