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Work Begins On East Midlands Parkway Station - 5030/9125
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 19th December 2007

Construction work has finally started on a new railway station near East Midlands Airport (link below.)

Quotes from the East Midlands Franchise Consultation Document :

"This will give the new East Midlands Parkway station at least two services an hour to London, two services an hour to Nottingham, at least one to Derby and at least three to Leicester."

"The new station will abstract much of its demand from Loughborough, Long Eaton and Beeston. To take account of this the number of calls off-peak at Loughborough will be reduced from five every two hours to two every hour. In the peak some additional calls at Loughborough will be added into the Sheffield to London service and/or the Nottingham to London service. The hourly London service at Beeston and Long Eaton will be retained in December 2008. Following the opening of East Midlands Parkway should demand fall significantly at either Beeston or Long Eaton station the level of service will be reviewed."

"Bidders will be expected to work with Network Rail to ensure the commissioning of this new station at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, near junction 24 of the M1. The station will be mainly a rail-head for journeys from the East Midlands to London, but will also serve East Midlands Airport and some local flows within the East Midlands. The station is planned to be in service in time for the December 2008 timetable change although the franchise agreement will allow sufficient flexibility should this date change. The proposed service for the new station is covered in the Service Pattern section of this document."

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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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