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National Express East Anglia To Hire Class 47's And Carriages - 6323/10786
Written by Lee on Saturday, 15th March 2008

National Express East Anglia is expected to lease carriages and two Class 47 locos to run from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (link below.)

The firm would not confirm the deal, but Rail magazine said it was aware contracts were being drafted.

It is understood that if the anticipated two-year deal is signed, the trains could be brought into service by May.

Phil Haigh, Rail's business editor, said:

[quote="Phil Haigh"]"There's a crying need for extra trains all over the country.

"First Great Western, Northern and National Express East Anglia need more trains, as does just about every part to the country."[/quote]

Mr Haigh said despite the fact the carriages are older, being hauled by Class 47 diesel locomotives may be more comfortable for passengers, because diesel trains on local routes have engines under the floor that cause vibration.

He added:

[quote="Phil Haigh"]"These will be trains that were got rid of a while ago, although they have been hired for summer Saturdays to cope with peak loads.

"It does provide extra seats, but its a very expensive option and that shows how desperate some of the rail companies are to provide more seats."[/quote]

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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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