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Railways To Run 365 Days A Year Under Network Rail Plans - 5355/9573
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st January 2008

Trains will run 365 days of the year for the first time in half a century under new Network Rail plans, The Times has learnt (links below.)

Engineering works, the main cause of rail delays and shutdowns, will be completed at night in a fraction of the time it currently takes, according to Iain Coucher, Network Rail

Re: Railways To Run 365 Days A Year Under Network Rail Plans - 5355/9580
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 21st January 2008

[quote author=Lee link=topic=5355.msg9573#msg9573 date=1200914993]

Bridges and points will be preassembled in a factory rather than on site and will be lifted into place from rail wagons. Schemes that take a whole weekend currently and require tracks to be closed will be completed in eight hours overnight, allowing services to continue until 10pm and resume at 6am.


I understand that this will be a simalar type of operation to what they do in Japan

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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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