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10,000 Sign Robin Hood Line Petition - 4911/8958
Written by Lee on Saturday, 8th December 2007

More than 10,000 people have pledged their support for a Sunday service on the Worksop-to-Nottingham Robin Hood Line (link below.)

Campaigners have said that Mansfield is the largest town in England not to have a Sunday rail service.

The district council has said a service with trains running from 0730 to 2130 would be essential to Mansfield's regeneration.

Re: 10,000 Sign Robin Hood Line Petition - 4911/8971
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 9th December 2007

It is said that Sunday afternoons / evenings bring more people out for long distance travel than at any other time of the week, and the move towards a service at least at a similar level to the rest of the week seems a sensible one.

I'm celebrating (slightly) today.  First Southbound Sunday service to call at Melksham in a year!  I'm not expecting huge crowds as it's bustituted as far as Chippenham, but I will be meeting a customer at the station off one of the Northbound services which is reachable from the main network ...

Re: 10,000 Sign Robin Hood Line Petition - 4911/9440
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 15th January 2008

Campaigners trying to secure a Sunday service are taking their fight to London (link below.)

Mansfield MP Alan Meale will lead a delegation from the town to hand in the 10,000 signature petition to the Department for Transport.

Re: 10,000 Sign Robin Hood Line Petition - 4911/11394
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 8th April 2008

A Sunday train service on the Robin Hood route is to be introduced from December (link below.)

Nottinghamshire County Council has agreed to fund the service until 2011. It is hoped permanent funding will come from the Department of Transport.

The service will be operated by East Midlands Trains from 14 December.

It is hoped that the Sunday service will carry an average of 1,800 passengers in order to secure its future.

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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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