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DfT Vacancy: Strategic Communications Manager - Rail - 5507/9774
Written by Lee on Thursday, 31st January 2008

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[quote]Duties and Responsibilities:

Identify the stakeholders relevant for specific projects/initiatives and ensure the DfT is working effectively with them. There will be particular emphasis on engaging the stakeholders earlier in policy thinking.

Ensure the stakeholders ranging from service providers to the main special interest groups are kept informed of developments as appropriate.

Work with policy colleagues to generate a work plan for improving how we prepare our communications and engage with staff, the public and stakeholders.

Ensure there is a customer focus looking at how the work of the Department will affect the passenger/user experience.

Work with opposite numbers in government agencies and industry to secure improved communication by them with their customers and staff.

Take responsibility for some aspects of internal communications for their policy area so the Department as a whole is kept up to date on developments in their area. This should involve close working with CD

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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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