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PWQ's : The Sky's The Limit - 544/1592
Written by Lee on Monday, 9th October 2006

Here are some other Parliamentary Written Questions that caught my eye today.

Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the possibility of the commercial use of airships for the movement of (a) freight and (b) passengers in the United Kingdom.

Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to lift the ban on (a) valuable and (b) bulky musical instruments being carried in-cabin by musicians.

Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body is responsible for regulating horse-drawn public transport.

Re: PWQ's : The Sky's The Limit - 544/1595
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 10th October 2006

Thanks, Lee ... I had to smile at the "horsedrawn public transport" question, though I have no doubt that Chris has some very serious reason for asking it.  It reminded me that there's a special VAT rate for the hire of horses in one of our neighbouring EU countries ... or so I was told.

Re: PWQ's : The Sky's The Limit - 544/1644
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 17th October 2006

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which body is responsible for regulating horse-drawn public transport.

Gillian Merron: Horse-drawn omnibuses and horse-drawn hackney carriages are licensed by local authorities (district or borough councils or unitary authorities). Any byelaws made by local licensing authorities to regulate horse-drawn omnibuses or hackney carriages must be confirmed by the Secretary of State before they can come into force. It is for local authorities to enforce any byelaws which they make.

So now you know.

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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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