Save the Melksham Train
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Mock Funeral For East London Line - 4975/9048
Written by Lee on Thursday, 13th December 2007

East London Line workers and supporters have staged a mock funeral in a protest against privatisation (link below.)

RMT union members walked by City Hall in a warning over "unnecessary, damaging and potentially dangerous" privatisation of the line.

The line is to close next week for renovations , and when it reopens in 2010 will run by a private company.

A spokesman for Mayor Ken Livingstone said the line's integration with other networks was "a huge step forward".

The line will be run by MTR Laing when it reopens in three years' time.

Re: Mock Funeral For East London Line - 4975/11196
Written by Lee on Monday, 31st March 2008

A giant 350-tonne bridge has been lowered into position in east London as part of the rail line extension (link below.)

Britain's biggest mobile crane was used to pick up and lower the bridge over Shoreditch High Street as part of the extended East London Line.

Traffic was diverted as the 115ft (35m) long bridge was lowered. It will be secured in place over the weekend.

The revamped line will run from Dalston Junction to West Croydon and is due to open in 2010.


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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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