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Technology To Tackle Cable Thefts - 5477/9737
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 29th January 2008

The latest weapon against cable theft from railways across the north-east of England has been unveiled by British Transport Police (link below.)

The Microdrone is a remote controlled helicopter which hovers above railway lines and beams video footage back to operators on the ground.

In addition, it can squirt offenders with Smartwater security solution so they can be identified by police.

Scrap metal dealers are also being targeted during the national campaign.

Re: Technology To Tackle Cable Thefts - 5477/11746
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 22nd April 2008

High-visibility patrols and new technology have helped to reduce delays to rail passengers caused by cable thefts on the East Coast Main Line (link below.)

Figures from Network Rail show delays on the route fell from 205,000 minutes in 2006/07 to 151,000 in 07/08.

The route is regularly monitored by helicopter patrols and by remote control airborne CCTV devices.

Re: Technology To Tackle Cable Thefts - 5477/11813
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 23rd April 2008

However, train services have been disrupted in Derbyshire after thieves tried to steal trackside cable (link below.)

The signalling equipment was damaged on the line at Pye Bridge near Alfreton overnight on Tuesday.

It led to the cancellation of several northbound services from Alfreton and Derby stations.

Replacement bus services were laid on for the passengers affected. Network Rail said train services were back to normal by the afternoon.

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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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