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Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/8640
Written by Lee on Thursday, 15th November 2007
The people of Bath are being urged to get behind a bid to scoop
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/8645
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 15th November 2007
Combe Down tunnel is owned by Wessex Water, though I am not sure exactly what they use it for. Remember venturing a short distance into it when I was a youngster but its boarded up now. (I have relatives living in that area of Bath)
A funny story I read in an S&D book I have is that WW contractors had to reverse one of their vans the entire lengh of the tunnel when they ventured into it and found the other end had not been opened!
I look forward to seeing the program
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/8673
Written by Mark A on Friday, 16th November 2007
Wessex Water are believed to have bought the structure to safeguard their water supply - they have an extraction borehole at Tucking Mill. They are also believed to be happy to facilitate its reuse as a shared use path.
I encourage people to vote for this as it will release funds for at-risk structures such as Tucking Mill viaduct as well as bringing the old route back into some sort of use. Your vote will help.
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/8696
Written by Lee on Monday, 19th November 2007
Don Foster MP has tabled a commons motion in support (link below.)
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/8962
Written by Lee on Saturday, 8th December 2007
If you want to support the scheme , ring 0870 2424 602.
Calls from a BT landline cost a maximum of 10p and the line closes at noon on Monday , December 10.
Online voting can be done at www.thepeoples50million.org.uk .
More in the link below.
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/9070
Written by Lee on Friday, 14th December 2007
The scheme has won the vote (link below.)
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/9087
Written by Lee on Saturday, 15th December 2007
However , Sustrans has been accused of vote - rigging (link below.)
Re: Somerset & Dorset Railway Tunnels In Big Lottery Fund Vote - 4733/9152
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th December 2007
More from Sustrans (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.
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