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Bristol City Council Statement On 40 Min Frequency Severn Beach Line Service - 4718/8610
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th November 2007

1. FOSBR, as part of the Severn Beach Line Working Party, have been kept informed of the results of ongoing negotiations between the City Council and First Great Western. The financial elements of these negotiations have not been disclosed but FOSBR have been updated on a regular basis on both the ability to provide the additional service and timetables for the service. The City Council will continue to inform FOSBR of any material developments, as and when they occur.

2. The extra services for the Severn Beach Line do fall outside of the franchise specification. However it still needs DfT approval as all use of rolling stock needs to be agreed with DfT. FGW have confirmed that DfT have approved the additional rolling stock for the Severn Beach Line.

Both the Council and FGW are resolved to providing this service in May 2008. We will be able to provide absolute confirmation as soon as contractual details are finalised.

Re: Bristol City Council Statement On 40 Min Frequency Severn Beach Line Service - 4718/8918
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 5th December 2007

A Redland resident will be making the following statement to Bristol City Council Cabinet on 6th December 2007 :

As a local resident and user of the train service I

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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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