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Ashford International Under Threat? - 483/1427
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 12th September 2006

Ashford International , the

Re: Ashford International Under Threat? - 483/1428
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 12th September 2006

Ashford is such a logical railhead for the continent ... makes one wonder that it's not used enough to make it worthwhile to have most of the trains call there - after all, anyone who's starting by car and not from Central London would find it easier to get to that Waterloo wouldn't they?

I recall looking at travelling across from Ashford in the past and being shocked to find that the fares from Ashford were THE SAME as the fares from London.

Re: Ashford International Under Threat? - 483/1963
Written by Lee on Friday, 17th November 2006

Damian Green is seeking to persuade Eurostar to rethink proposals to axe rail services to Europe at a meeting with its chief executive (link below.)

However , Eurostar has maintained that Ebbsfleet will complement Ashford.

Chief executive , Richard Brown , said Eurostar would work with Kent agencies to start building demand from the town.

"We do see Ashford as absolutely complementary to Ebbsfleet," he said.

Mr Green said he had received letters of support for his campaign from as far afield as Sussex.

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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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