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Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/9223
Written by Lee on Saturday, 29th December 2007

Ian McAllister CBE, who became chairman of Network Rail in 2002, has been honoured for services to transport (link below.)

Re: Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/9280
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 3rd January 2008


Re: Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/9282
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 4th January 2008

I do not know (or comment) on the individual who may be very worthy, but I'm consious that "Rugby" and be added to "Port Talbot" and "Portsmouth" this new year ....

Big overrruns on engineering works by Network Rail.

Things WILL go wrong while work is being done ... unexpected things will be found (it's hard enough doing work on a house and predicting the cost and timing).  Is there anything that Network Rail could do do avoid overruns which seem to be routine.  And are they really routine, or are those just the ones we hear about?  "The line at Melksham opened in time for the first train this morning at 06:43" is hardly a news story if it's a regular occurrence!

Re: Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/9283
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 4th January 2008

Perhaps he has been honoured becuse his services included his time at Ford as well as Network Rail?

Re: Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/11201
Written by Lee on Monday, 31st March 2008

Christian Wolmar argues that Ian McAllister's days may be numbered at Network Rail (link below.),08.shtml

Re: Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/11203
Written by Industry Insider on Monday, 31st March 2008

Tactless, greedy and naive is how I'd describe his decision to accept the award on that day.

Mind you, I'm sure he'll slip into another high-paying corporation of some sort if he does 'slip quietly' out of his current position.

Re: Network Rail Boss Made A Knight - 5111/12520
Written by Lee on Saturday, 7th June 2008

Tom Winsor, the former Rail Regulator, is being touted as a successor to Sir Ian McAllister (link below.)

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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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