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Gareth Evans - 59/124
Written by Gareth Evans on Friday, 25th November 2005
I'm Gareth Evans, currently residing in Glasgow as I'm 'trying' to do a PhD up here. What I'm researching is slightly off-topic, but it's all to do with the implications of providing improved map information to bus users, and whether eliminating the uncertainty of where services operate to will stimulate increased patronage on buses and hopefully reduce car usage. All good for the socio-economic and environmental cause!
Re: Gareth Evans - 59/129
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 26th November 2005
Welcome, and many thanks for your background, comments and encouragement.
Verbally, I've heard the joke that "Melksham wouldn't be facing this threat if it was in Wales or Scotland" and I have to smile wrly;
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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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