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Cambridge to St Ives ex-railway line today - 4539/8335
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 24th October 2007

I happen to be staying near the trackbed of the former Cambrisge to St Ives railway line this week.  A year ago, it was an overgrown track having been out of use for a number of years, but now it's being ripped up at what appears to be some considerable expense and I understand that a guided busway is being put in there.

One of the delegates on my course made a comment that he didn't understand why the railway had to be ripeed up and replaced by something different, and I confess I wasn't able to enlighten him as I don't know either ...

Re: Cambridge to St Ives ex-railway line today - 4539/12688
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 31st July 2008

I'm in Cambridge again at present and the works are now reaching the Cambridge Science Park / end of the ex-railway section from St Ives.

The local press is covering the current story that there are going to be major works at the station (and on the way there) in the near future to get the guided buses to the railway station and provide a terminus for them, and how everyone's being reassured that it will NOT bring traffic chaos ... yet people seem to be having trouble accepting those assurances.

Re: Cambridge to St Ives ex-railway line today - 4539/12723
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th August 2008

In an ironic twist, the X14 Huntingdon-Cambridge Science Park service is one of nine routes on a hitlist drawn up by Cambridgeshire County Council as it looks to save

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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