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Alloa Station Parking 'Still On Track' - 5808/10137
Written by Lee on Saturday, 16th February 2008

Clackmannanshire Council has insisted that a project to install parking at Alloa's new train station will not be delayed by confusion over ownership (link below.)

The local authority is in the process of acquiring a 105-square metre piece of land by way of a compulsory purchase order.


Re: Alloa Station Parking 'Still On Track' - 5808/10890
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 18th March 2008

Passenger rail services to Alloa are earmarked to resume on 18 May, the BBC understands (link below.)

Transport Scotland refused to confirm the re-opening date but said work was due for completion in the spring.

An hourly direct rail passenger service will operate between Alloa, Stirling and Glasgow.

Passengers travelling to Edinburgh will be able to do so via connecting services at Stirling station.

The 13-mile stretch of track, which has not been used for 40 years, will end at Longannet power station.

A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland said:

[quote="Transport Scotland"]"All signalling and telecommunication installation works are complete and testing of equipment is well progressed.

"The level crossings at Cambus and Blackgrange are substantially complete.

"The project will undertake major engineering works in the Stirling area over the Easter weekend.

"These will complete installation of most of the equipment required to allow the new railway to tie into the existing operational railway."[/quote]

Re: Alloa Station Parking 'Still On Track' - 5808/12281
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 13th May 2008

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts are expected to converge on Alloa next week as the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine route reopens on Thursday 15 May (link below.)

The line, which was originally due for completion in 2005, will be opened by Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson.

A steam train, hauled by the Great Marquess, is expected to make a maiden trip from Alloa to Stirling.

On its return, it will be hauled by the Royal Scots Grey.

The train has been provided by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society which is running three pleasure trips in the afternoon.

The new line will provide an hourly direct rail passenger service between Alloa, Stirling and Glasgow, starting on 19 May.

Passengers travelling to Edinburgh will be able to do so via connecting services at Stirling station.

Re: Alloa Station Parking 'Still On Track' - 5808/12305
Written by Lee on Thursday, 15th May 2008

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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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