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First ScotRail Franchise Extended - 6744/11289
Written by Lee on Friday, 4th April 2008
A deal has been reached to extend the current First ScotRail franchise for three years (link below.)
As part of the extension, more than
Re: First ScotRail Franchise Extended - 6744/11618
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th April 2008
The Scottish Government has defended its controversial decision to extend the ScotRail franchise by three years (link below.)
Opposition parties hit out at the decision not to consult on the move, but ministers said it would bring quicker improvements to services.
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said the extension, until 2014, came after an exceptional performance by First ScotRail.
Labour and the Lib Dems said the move was discourteous to train workers.
Labour transport spokesman Des McNulty also questioned whether it had been brought forward to disguise a hole in the transport budget.
Mr Stevenson said the decision was within the terms of the current rail contract and, as there was no re-franchising process to undergo, ministers were permitted to give it the go-ahead.
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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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