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RMT Transport Policy / East Coast Articles - 4910/8957
Written by Lee on Saturday, 8th December 2007

Can be found in the links below.

Re: RMT Transport Policy / East Coast Articles - 4910/9000
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 11th December 2007

[quote]Richard Bowker, who oversaw the franchise system earlier in the decade as the former head of the now defunct Strategic Rail Authority, said the government should extend contracts beyond their current length of around 10 years. "The train operators should be allowed more freedom to innovate and invest. They have won their spurs."

The franchise system has been criticised by industry executives for being too prescriptive, particularly in setting timetables and allocating train carriages, while demanding steep payments that require annual above-inflation fare rises.

"For reasons of getting a grip, it has become a little bit too prescribed," Bowker said. "The pendulum needs to swing back more.

"It requires the industry to get together and agree a way forward. It probably requires the Department for Transport to be a little less concerned about service planning within franchises and allow train operators and Network Rail to do that little bit more."
(link below.)

Pot and kettle anyone?

Re: RMT Transport Policy / East Coast Articles - 4910/9001
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 11th December 2007

[quote author=Lee link=topic=4910.msg9000#msg9000 date=1197387177]

Pot and kettle anyone?

Or perhaps a genuine change of mind.

What OTHER changes of mind would you rlike to see  ;)

Re: RMT Transport Policy / East Coast Articles - 4910/9012
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 12th December 2007

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=4910.msg9001#msg9001 date=1197395839]What OTHER changes of mind would you rlike to see

link to index of articles

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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