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Darling , You've Done It Again! - 565/1677
Written by Lee on Thursday, 19th October 2006

The ever polite Noel Coward used to have a special saying which he reserved for occasions on which he found his peers' work to be less than satisfactory :

"Darling , you've done it again!"

Remember these quotes?

[quote author=Lee link=topic=504.msg1622#msg1622 date=1160836113]Here is a link also dated March 2006.

Quotes from Alistair Darling :

"We cannot be in the business of carting fresh air around the country,"

"Any healthy, confident business should be prepared to look at the services it provides and consider where there is demand and how best to meet it."

"That's not Beeching - it's common sense. And it frees up trains and resources for where they are needed to meet the real demands of a growing network."[/quote]

And who can forget these? (link below.),,2-2090057,00.html

"Alistair Darling, the Transport Secretary, admitted that he was partly responsible for the West Country cuts. He said:

Re: Darling , You've Done It Again! - 565/5956
Written by Lee on Thursday, 28th June 2007

Unfortunately , in what I can only assume to be an administrative error , Alistair Darling has become the new Chancellor Of The Exchequer (link below.)

link to index of articles

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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