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Network Rail Makes First Profit - 692/2074
Written by Lee on Monday, 27th November 2006

Financial results for the six months to September show a

Re: Network Rail Makes First Profit - 692/2076
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 27th November 2006

Here is what I wrote ((offline during the day for later posting)) when I heard this item

Did I hear the news on the radio that Network Rial have declared a profit of 747 million pounds for the first six months of the year?  Do you realise that if they hadn't been quite so greedy ... and reduced their profit to 746 million pounds for the six month, they money not charged to the First Group could have given us an appropriate TransWilts train service for the next five YEARS.

Where is the 747 million pounds going??

Re: Network Rail Makes First Profit - 692/2085
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 28th November 2006

Here is a further article on this (link below.)

link to index of articles

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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