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Network Rail Unveil London Upgrade Plans - 453/1324
Written by Lee on Thursday, 31st August 2006

Network Rail have announced a strategy for cross-London rail routes which includes new , longer and more frequent trains. (link below.)

Network Rail chief executive John Armitt said : "London's orbital routes face passenger growth... but will also remain a key route for freight traffic."

Network Rail also said that the plans would "make the most effective and efficient use of the capacity on London's railway".

Improvements to signalling, track, bridges and platforms were also put forward.

The proposals referred to the north London line from Richmond to Woolwich; the Gospel Oak to Barking line; the west London line from Willesden to Clapham; and parts of the south London line between Battersea Park and South Bermondsey.

Here is a link to the Cross London Route Utilisation Strategy.

Re: Network Rail Unveil London Upgrade Plans - 453/1391
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 5th September 2006

A new outer London rail line is to be created , mayor Ken Livingstone has announced (link below.)

London Overground services will operate on the North London Railway when the mayor and Transport for London take over control in November 2007.

They will also run on the East London Railway after the completion of the East London Line extension in 2010.

"For decades, national rail services in London have been neglected and in many cases under-utilised," Mr Livingstone said.

He also promised to deliver a rail link at Dalston Junction , in east London, connecting the two lines , allowing passengers to travel between Richmond in south-west London and West Croydon , south London.

The mayor said: "By joining together the North and East London Railways ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, we will create a new rail artery around the city, serving 20 London boroughs."

The service , which will run trains every eight minutes , will begin a radical upgrade of derelict stations, will be a "step change in British rail"

Govia , National Express , Netherland Rail and Laing are bidding for the contract to run London Overground services.

But not First , I notice.

Re: Network Rail Unveil London Upgrade Plans - 453/1643
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 17th October 2006

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Re: Network Rail Unveil London Upgrade Plans - 453/1667
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

Network Rail has received planning permission and legal powers for the long-delayed Thameslink service (link below.)

However , funding for the scheme still requires government approval before work can begin.

Thameslink will double capacity and increase from 51 to 172 the number of stations used by north-south services through central London.

Re: Network Rail Unveil London Upgrade Plans - 453/1700
Written by Lee on Monday, 23rd October 2006

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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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