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Great Western Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy - 476/1408
Written by Lee on Friday, 8th September 2006

Of course the document reffered to in the title didnt help.

Christian Wolmar - "The spectre of cuts by stealth is stalking the railway" (link below.)

"The other way in which information about cuts will dribble out is through the Route Utilisation Studies, originally produced by the Strategic Rail Authority but now the province of Network Rail."

Here are just a few of the gems contained within the Great Western Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy (link below.)

"Growth in freight traffic is forecast and potential competition for capacity between passenger and freight may develop, particularly on the Reading

Re: Great Western Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy - 476/1411
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th September 2006

Graham , I think that you would disagree with the quote below.

"During off-peak periods, regional and local services carry predominantly leisure traffic and flows tend to be light with most trains formed of 2 cars and average load factors generally under 30%."

Of course , as we know only too well , the SRA applied this false logic to the Swindon - Southampton service (link below.)

[quote author=Lee link=topic=253.msg1165#msg1165 date=1155307451]It should also be remembered that Keynsham & Oldfield Park lie on the approved Bristol - Bath A4 Showcase Bus Route. (links below.)

Here is some information on Worle station :

1) 180 car parking spaces available.
2) Lies on the approved Bristol - Weston - Super - Mare Showcase Bus Route.
3) Is next to Junction 21 of the M5.
4) Is next to the main Weston - Super - Mare approach road.
5) Is situated just before the point where the Weston - Super - Mare line branches off the Bristol - Taunton line.

Here is some of the land listed by BRB (Residuary.) on their website.[/quote]

[quote author=Lee link=topic=253.msg1167#msg1167 date=1155373577]The former sidings at Weston - Super - Mare are on the Bristol - Exeter line and are up for sale with the following restriction :


Here are some more examples of BRB (Residuary) website listings with similiar resrictions.

There is even a brochure (link below.)

Here is a quote from the Weston - Super - Mare section of the brochure.

"The site is on the up side of the Bristol to Exeter line. There are no rail connections and early consultation with Network Rail to determine connectivity and the availability of train paths is recommended."

A further example from the brochure can be found at Westerleigh , near Yate (link below.)

Yate also lies on an approved Bristol Showcase Bus Route.[/quote]

Aspiration - Worle station development.

Current position - Local authority is promoting development of Worle station as a multi-modal interchange serving the Weston

Re: Great Western Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy - 476/1412
Written by Lee on Sunday, 10th September 2006

Here is a relevant quote from a recent speech by Derek Twigg (link below.)

"In addition, we need to assess the role of passengers and how their interests will develop

Re: Great Western Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy - 476/1423
Written by Lee on Monday, 11th September 2006

"Why has it been so successful in spite of the dreadful service? Alternative "end to end" services for the line involve a dogleg journey via Bath, with an awkward change and a very large number of steps."

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=336.msg1142#msg1142 date=1154958750]A Further response ....

[i]We are working hard to improve disabled access at stations.

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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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