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Ruth Kelly Birmingham New Street Announcement - 5727/10038
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 12th February 2008

Can be found in the link below.

Re: Ruth Kelly Birmingham New Street Announcement - 5727/10177
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th February 2008

New Street project manager for Network Rail, Martin Chambers, said disruption would be minimised by only "using the railway wherever possible" (link below.)

He said where it was not practical, staff would "work out of hours and around the commuters".

Network Rail and Birmingham City Council plan to start work in 2009.

Building work on the first phase should finish by 2011 with the station being kept open while work on the new concourse is carried out.

The second phase is due to be completed by 2013.

Re: Ruth Kelly Birmingham New Street Announcement - 5727/10222
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 19th February 2008

A shortlist of designers bidding to redevelop Birmingham's New Street Station has been revealed (link below.)

More than 40 bids were submitted from designers in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and the US, as well as the UK.

Six contenders would present their "vision" in April, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) said.

The six teams are CRAB Studio, Foreign Office Architects, IDOM UK Ltd, LAB architecture studio, UNStudio and Rafael Vinoly Architects.

Re: Ruth Kelly Birmingham New Street Announcement - 5727/10709
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 11th March 2008

A list of transport priorities for the West Midlands has been decided by regional transport chiefs (link below.)

The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station is the key priority along with an extended runway at Birmingham International Airport.

The list will now go to the government for its consideration.

Other priorities on the list include track improvements to increase rail freight capacity and improved rail passenger capacity.

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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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