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LCR To Be Privatised? - 4606/8426
Written by Lee on Friday, 2nd November 2007

The company that built the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link may be heading for a multibillion-pound privatisation next year (link below.)

Alistair Darling and Ruth Kelly are expected to rule early next year on what happens to London & Continental Railways , two years after the Government shelved a quick sale that became mired in accusations of cronyism.

Re: LCR To Be Privatised? - 4606/8468
Written by Lee on Monday, 5th November 2007

More on LCR in the links below.

Re: LCR To Be Privatised? - 4606/8497
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 7th November 2007

LCR could be split up (link below.)

Re: LCR To Be Privatised? - 4606/8733
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 21st November 2007

LCR will be broken up and sold off in three separate parts , with the proceeds going to the Treasury (link below.)

Re: LCR To Be Privatised? - 4606/11701
Written by Lee on Sunday, 20th April 2008

Four peers are planning to throw a spanner this week into government plans to sell London & Continental Railways, owner of Eurostar and the high-speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel. They will try to reverse a crucial piece of enabling legislation that sets the terms for the sale (link below.)

Ministers want the key asset, the new rail link from London to the tunnel, to be outside the remit of the Office of Rail Regulation, which has responsibility for regulating the rest of the UK rail network. The regulator sets prices every five years for access to lines and allows, in theory, open access to the network.

Instead, the line will be regulated directly by the Department for Transport.

Re: LCR To Be Privatised? - 4606/12362
Written by Lee on Monday, 19th May 2008

London & Continental Railways, the consortium that owns and operates the UK arm of the Eurostar international train service, is close to selling its most valuable land holdings, so returning hundreds of millions of pounds to shareholders (link below.)

The Treasury is in line to receive nearly 50 per cent of any sale proceeds.

But the land sales come at an awkward time, because values for real estate have tumbled 20 per cent in the past year. There are fears that the government may lose a huge slug of cash, having underwritten

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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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