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No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/1572
Written by Lee on Thursday, 5th October 2006
Transport Minister Andrew Davies has today been asked to support a bid by Wrexham Council for funding for a direct rail service from Wrexham Central to London Marylebone (link below.)
Last week the Leader revealed that Assembly funding may not be available for the project , which would see a direct link to the capital.
The shock news came in the same week as a
Re: No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/1674
Written by Lee on Thursday, 19th October 2006
More problems after the Welsh Assembly Government said it could not help fund a new rail centre in Wrexham (link below.)
The Wrexham , Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Company said it may also have to scale down plans for direct services between Wrexham and London.
Re: No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/1775
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th October 2006
Upcoming PWQ :
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of a direct rail link between Shrewsbury and London Marylebone; and if he will make a statement.
Re: No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/1822
Written by Lee on Friday, 3rd November 2006
[quote author=Lee link=topic=539.msg1572#msg1572 date=1160064198]The lines that the proposed Wrexham - London service would traverse lie on a potential key freight route.
Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the feasibility of a direct rail link between Shrewsbury and London Marylebone; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Tom Harris: The Department is aware of an open access operator
Re: No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/1883
Written by Lee on Thursday, 9th November 2006
The RMT has urged members of the Welsh Assembly to throw their weight behind the proposal to introduce direct rail services between Wrexham and London (link below.)
Re: No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/2010
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 21st November 2006
[quote author=Lee link=topic=539.msg1674#msg1674 date=1161252660]More problems after the Welsh Assembly Government said it could not help fund a new rail centre in Wrexham (link below.)
The Wrexham , Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Company said it may also have to scale down plans for direct services between Wrexham and London.[/quote]
The Welsh Assembly Government has now offered funding (link below.)
Re: No Funding For Wrexham - London Service? - 539/2020
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 22nd November 2006
Signallers are being balloted for strike action after a row over rosters which could affect the running of services across the West Midlands (link below.)
The row is about single rosters for staff at Madeley Junction , Shropshire. As you can see from the map on page 2 of the link below , Madeley Junction is where the Ironbridge branch (which is projected to acheive high - level tonnage growth to 2015) meets the Shrewsbury - Wolverhampton line.
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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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