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Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Edinburgh Tram Support - 6711/11237
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 1st April 2008

Work on the project to bring trams to Edinburgh is well under way. David Johnston, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, speaks about what trams will mean for the capital gateway (link below.)

Re: Edinburgh Tram Support - 6711/11875
Written by Lee on Friday, 25th April 2008

Princes Street is to close to all traffic for six months next year while Edinburgh's tram tracks are laid (link below.)

Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (Tie) confirmed hundreds of buses a day will be forced to use an alternative route along George Street from January 2009.

The cost of building line 1a, which will run from Newhaven to Edinburgh Airport, has also risen by

Re: Edinburgh Tram Support - 6711/12710
Written by Lee on Saturday, 16th August 2008

Motorists have been warned to brace themselves for "massive disruption" as the city's tram works reach the congested Haymarket junction (link below.)

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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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