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Eurostar Passenger Numbers Rise - 6941/11545
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th April 2008

Eurostar has reported a 25.2% rise in sales for the first three months of 2008 (link below.)

The high-speed passenger train service, linking Britain to mainland Europe, said sales rose to

Re: Eurostar Passenger Numbers Rise - 6941/11552
Written by Industry Insider on Monday, 14th April 2008

All very good, and not unsurprising, news. Eurostar usage of 10m per annum by 2010 is the target and these results put them well on the way to achieving it. More ammunition for the High Speed Rail lobby in its battle to win over the Government.

These figures compare with 1.3m users in the first quarter of 2004 (the year the first section of the High Speed link from London to the tunnel opened), so that's a leap of 60% in four years, and it's no surprise to see demand from areas server by St.Pancras and Kings Cross surge as a result of the more convienient location of the International station.

I'd be interested to hear how the passenger numbers at the new Ebbsfleet International station are doing?

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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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