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No Beeching By Stealth! Protest March To GOSW , 8 December 2006 - 700/2084
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 28th November 2006

If you are in Bristol , why not join Kerry McCarthy MP (Bristol East) , the RMT , TUC and members of the public as they deliver their protest to the Government Office for the South West. They are meeting at 3.30-4.00 pm at the

Re: No Beeching By Stealth! Protest March To GOSW , 8 December 2006 - 700/2122
Written by Lee on Friday, 1st December 2006

Severn Tunnel Junction campaigners have the following events planned :


MPs and Assembly Members letters being handed to the Minister of Transport and the Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in London. These call for key services cuts to be re-instated. A copy of the letter can be found in the links below.

Car banners to be issued to all commuters.


Meet at Severn Tunnel Junction at 7.50am (in time to wave the 7.56am through the station). Then join a slow convoy into and around the heart of Bristol.

Why not join them if you are in the area?

Re: No Beeching By Stealth! Protest March To GOSW , 8 December 2006 - 700/2205
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th December 2006

Melksham event press release (link below.)

Bristol event press release (link below.)

Severn Tunnel Junction event press release :

David Flint has asked me to notify other local groups that we are planning to hold a protest demonstration on the platform at Severn Tunnel Junction Station on the morning of Monday 11th December.

'The Press have already indicated that they will be present at our demonstration on Monday'.

The protest is timed for 07.54 the time the second (and most popular) train is due to pass through STJ without stopping.

We are inviting everyone interested in showing their support for our campaign to attend.

Also under consideration is a slow procession of cars from STJ into and around Bristol!

We hope that you might be able to help spread the word and get a few people along. If you can help could you please give me an indication of the numbers likely to attend.

Jim Jenkins. Action Group Member

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There will also be a public protest at 1700 (11/12/2006) at Bristol Temple Meads Station (link below.)

Here are some reports from the above events.

Ivybridge Rail Users Group will be attending a small ceremony at the station on Dec 15th (10.00) which celebrates the victory in obtaining 8 more services for Ivybridge than those originally planned in March (link below.)

I have received some interesting FOI material on Ivybridge. Here are the key points :

1) GOSW were still exploring non rail alternatives (ie bus services) for Ivybridge in July 2006 , AFTER the extra Ivybridge train services were granted.

2) This involved a GOSW official (with background help from Andrew Seedhouse) corresponding with local schools to try and get them to consider buses as an option "should a future reduction in rail services mean that they do not serve the needs of the local population."

3) In one letter , this official tries to convince a school head (I presume , as the name is blanked out) that out of a bus and a train with comparable load factors , the bus would be more environmentally friendly. The official also echoes Douglas Alexander's recent statement that it is often more environmentally friendly for two or three people to travel by car than by train....

[quote author=Lee link=topic=826.msg2957#msg2957 date=1168626918]
[quote author=Lee link=topic=826.msg2789#msg2789 date=1168175906]The RMT have echoed the Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways call to lobby Bristol City Council at the Council House , College Green on Thursday 11 January 2007 , from 5.30 - 6 pm. Further details contained in the link below.[/quote]

This event enjoyed widespread support. Read how it went in the links below.[/quote]

[quote author=Lee link=topic=826.msg3280#msg3280 date=1169310732]
[quote author=Lee link=topic=826.msg2789#msg2789 date=1168175906]The list of speakers has been announced for Transport 2000's "Growing railway in the South West" (Friday 19th January 2007 , 10am

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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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