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DfT/Transport For London/Crossrail/Metronet Updates - 5620/9915
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th February 2008

Latest links from the DfT.

Re: DfT/Transport For London/Crossrail/Metronet Updates - 5620/9920
Written by Industry Insider on Wednesday, 6th February 2008

Nice to see that on the Crossrail link that the route from Maidenhead to Reading is being 'safeguarded' should future expansion of Crossrail be deemed appropriate to this more logical terminus.

Worded very carefully to ensure that there is no cause for further delay to the commencement of works, of course, but I would not be too surprised to see the opinions of the westerly terminus change over the next few years.

Re: DfT/Transport For London/Crossrail/Metronet Updates - 5620/9932
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 7th February 2008

And if they do run the wires to Reading perhaps there would be a better business case to extend them to Bristol at a later date?

Re: DfT/Transport For London/Crossrail/Metronet Updates - 5620/9934
Written by Lee on Thursday, 7th February 2008

Metronet is equally interesting (link below.)


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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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