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Brighton Rail Line Views Sought - 532/1550
Written by Lee on Friday, 29th September 2006
Passengers using trains between London and the Sussex coast are being asked how they want timetables to run after the Gatwick Express is axed (link below.)
Rail and aviation companies have been consulted and a number of possible timetables drawn up.
Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander said the aim was to ease overcrowding on the Brighton Main Line.
Re: Brighton Rail Line Views Sought - 532/1553
Written by Lee on Monday, 2nd October 2006
Here is an article that provides further detail on the various options (link below.)
Re: Brighton Rail Line Views Sought - 532/1655
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th October 2006
Double-decker trains could be introduced on the Brighton to London line under plans being considered by the government to ease overcrowding (link below.)
However , a DfT spokesman said: "Given the likely changes required to the rail network , implementation (of double-decker trains) could be difficult and costly."
He added there was limited scope for building new rail lines in London.
A related PWQ has also been asked :
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of services to London Victoria from Brighton station.
Re: Brighton Rail Line Views Sought - 532/1661
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th October 2006
I travelled on the very last run of the double decker trains that ran experimentally for a number of years from Charing Cross to Dartford in Kent (units 4001 and 4002) - must have been 30 years ago or so.
Re: Brighton Rail Line Views Sought - 532/1733
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th October 2006
[quote author=Lee link=topic=532.msg1655#msg1655 date=1161163994]Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of services to London Victoria from Brighton station.[/quote]
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of services to London Victoria from Brighton station.
Mr. Tom Harris: No significant changes to rail services from Brighton to London Victoria are foreseen.
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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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