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Poll Calls For Public Transport Investment - 488/1434
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 13th September 2006

Some 64 per cent of those interviewed believed that Britain was spending too little on improving Britain's public transport (link below.)

Re: Poll Calls For Public Transport Investment - 488/1436
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 13th September 2006

SPENDING on Public transport - heck, Lee, in this area they're taxing use of the trains at the rate of 100,000,000 pounds a year  :o

Re: Poll Calls For Public Transport Investment - 488/1442
Written by Lee on Thursday, 14th September 2006

Quote from the above link :

"Between 1990 and 2004 there was a ten per cent rise in greenhouse gas emissions, yet we have rural railways and stations under threat of closure and private train operators allowed deliberately to price people off trains."

The RMT have warned of the dangers of current rail policy before (link below.)

So have others :

Christian Wolmar :

"Dozens of branch lines and secondary routes could shut , in what would be the biggest rethink of the network since the Beeching report in the 1960s , which led to the closure of 4,000 miles of railway and nearly half the nation's stations. Loss-making services would be transferred on to buses , as a means of reducing the

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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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