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Markinch Interchange Opens - 4657/8501
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 7th November 2007

The Markinch Interchange features a new rail station building with waiting facilities , a bus turning circle , increased parking and a taxi rank (link below.)

Scotland's Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson opened the new facility which he said was an "excellent example" of an integrated public transport project.

A new cycle way has also been constructed , linking the interchange with Glenrothes.

The Markinch scheme was announced as part of a 10-year development plan published by the Strategic Rail Authority in January 2002.

The new interchange features a pedestrian overbridge and lift and platforms were also lengthened to accommodate longer trains.

In addition there is now electronic passenger information and CCTV.

Steve Montgomery , deputy managing director of train operator First ScotRail , said: "This is a perfect example of the partnership approach to deliver for customers and to perform at the very highest standards."

"I am confident it will lead to more people choosing rail as their preferred means of public transport."

Having played their part in Scotland's version of Gateway To The Future , will First support our proposals down here? (link 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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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