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Flooding On The Sheffield/Leeds Line - 5356/9576
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st January 2008

Rail services have been suspended and schools shut because of flooding caused by the heavy rain in South Yorkshire (link below.)

Trains between Sheffield and Barnsley were cancelled at 0730 GMT because of flooding at Elsecar.

Replacement bus services have been provided for passengers. Northern Rail said it did not know how long the disruption would last.

Stop The Train update (link below) :

[quote]The train service between Barnsley and Sheffield was cancelled at about 7:30 this morning. As things stand it's still not running. Elsecar is in a low area and part of the line is under water, (more like a canal than a railway line!) It's happened before but because the ground is so wet at the moment away there is nowhere for the rain to go now. There has been replacement bus services running but I dont know how often these are running and when the line will re-open. Last time this happened (last June) the line was closed for several days until the water had gone and the ground had become firm enough again to carry the trains over it.[/quote]

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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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