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Christian Wolmar's "Five for 2008" - 5604/9896
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 5th February 2008
CW makes 5 predictions for the year ahead (link below.)
[quote]The old Eurostar platforms at Waterloo will remain empty until 2009 at least despite promises to the contrary.
Ministers will become increasingly concerned about the lack of governance of Network Rail and will launch a review or enquiry into its future.
The Competition Commission investigation into rolling stock companies will lead to egg on the face of ministers.
Eurostar will announce plans to run services to a couple of new destination.
As the economy begins to stutter, a franchisee will warn that they may not be able to continue operating without a change in their contract terms.
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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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