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Western Wiltshire Transport Crystal Ball - 2000 - 495/1456
Written by Lee on Saturday, 16th September 2006
This is an interesting achive document (link below.)
"5.2 Somerset's Cheddar-Frome corridor strategy (CFCS) envisages developing quality bus partnerships for the Bristol to Wells and Bath to Shepton Mallet routes. The strategy sees the former as being a possible express service operating along the A37 through B&NES and co-ordinated with the existing low floor Bristol to Yeovil service. There may be the potential to link this in some way with a more direct service from Norton-Radstock to Bristol along the same corridor. For the Shepton Mallet- Bath route, which also currently serves Norton-Radstock, the strategy seeks a better link service. Both these future route developments and associated partnerships would complement B&NES LTP objectives."
[quote author=Lee link=topic=421.msg1243#msg1243 date=1156084504]One of these alternatives is about to become reality in the form of the Bristol Showcase Bus Routes Scheme (links below.)
The funding for this scheme is split as follows :
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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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